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By Jordan Martinez

I remember being little and not caring about anything except how I would play video games with my friends the next day.

I also remember this being the best part of my life because I had a roof over my head, I didn’t need to worry, I had food on the table (thanks to my parents), and my days flew by like I was going lightspeed.

But now I’m a grownup, and I question how I could feel like this again: days passing by, no care in the world, and being cared for! Questioning this led me to ask, “What is happiness?”

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What is Happiness?

Happiness is such a complex topic and it’s hard to grasp. But I’m going to try and give it context here. Happiness is so broad because more than a billion people (8 billion to be precise) have their version of happiness.

So, happiness is best defined broadly as “Joy.” What brings you joy? Well, that’s up to you to decide. Does back-breaking work make you happy, does traveling make you happy, or does sitting in a dark place contemplating whether you’re in the matrix make you happy?

As I said, it’s up to you to decide. But according to Healthline, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of.” So, why not pack your bags and chase this happy feeling? Well, I’ll explain.

Why happiness?

People love being happy and they hate being depressed, simple as that. So, happiness is the key to life. How can I achieve this magical thing?

Well, for me, I’m happy when I’m accepted and loved. I’ve noticed it’s hard to be loved and accepted when you’re closed in as much as I am. So, there is room for me to grow, and I accept that. But what else? Well, I’m happy making money.

Okay, I must dig deeper into that because money is a thing that was put into existence and wasn’t created naturally. So, I guess money makes me happy because it makes me feel secure and safe. Okay, it looks like we’re getting somewhere!

How can I achieve my happiness?

It looks like I like security and comfort. Okay, how can I maximize these things and put them fourth into my life? I guess I need to start going out and experiencing life. I do get nervous when I put myself out there.

But if it makes me happy, what the fuck am I doing sitting behind this screen typing this paragraph… Good point. I read somewhere, “life is about being out of your comfort zone,” and I think that rings true here!

Alright, so I’ll start going to social events and talking more. Nice! But unfortunately, deep down I just know there is some deeper meaning that I just can’t comprehend but maybe one day I will.

But I strongly agree that suffering is just how things are and happiness is just a feeling on the emotional wheel, and how I view this suffering chooses my happiness. I could consider having a bad day as a crappy day or shift my mindset to thinking that there was an opportunity in that day to learn and grow. But who knows, I’m going off on a tangent!

Why is happiness important?

Happiness is the crux of life; we all cling to something that provides us joy and fulfillment. Happy people, I feel, always have a smile on their face, they’re always up for an adventure, and they just don’t give a damn what other people think.

If I could get there, I could see myself being happier than ever, but as stated above, there are some steps I need to take. But why is happiness important to you? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Recommendations

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

Coyle, D. (2017). How Being Happy Makes You Healthier. Healthline.com. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/happiness-and-health

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