Do we really have all the things to make us happy in the world?
Does happiness come from security?
NO, we fear insecurity and this fear for insecurity takes happiness away.
Does happiness come from health?
NO, but we fear death when we get unhealthy for too long.
(how long is too long for you?)
Does happiness come from power?
NO, but many of us have a fear for losing control, and cling to power if possible, so a lack of power makes them unhappy.
Sorrow clearly takes happiness away.
Real happiness seems to be a crime today, replaced by desires for kicks of any kind, and always the newest of this and that.
This unreal happiness also seems to be prone to habituation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonic_treadmill
Where does happiness really come from?
A radiant smile with you as the target will make your day.
A real smile, the opposite of an angry face can make you happy for several hours or even longer. A genuine compliment can accompany this smile – the opposite of an angry snap.
But we shouldn’t be happy alone through others. Otherwise we might get addicted to compliments and smiles, and become a narcist, or even worse.
HH. Dalai Lama said: “The inner peace of an alert and calm mind is the source of real happiness and good health.”
Perhaps we should listen to him and realize that source within.