What is Happiness? Happiness and Comfort
It’s something we want, a feeling that feels good, but what is happiness? Is it an ability possessed only by the higher intellect of the human, or is it a primal ability for survival? Is it something that comes naturally, and if so why are so many people seeking to “find” happiness?
The Definition of Happiness
The basic definition of happiness is: “Happiness is a mental state of well-being characterized by positive emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” As someone what makes them happy, and many times you’ll hear an answer about some game they love, or activity they like, and the people they love to be with. Happiness isn’t just something found outside ourselves, there is also a core inner-happiness that must be practiced and strengthened.
Exploring the question: What is Happiness?
I can think of many times when a client asks me to look intuitively at their pet. So often I see what is often described as a “happy pet”, a strong energy that we call joyful, loving and willing to connect closely with their owner. I believe it’s easier to look at happiness and what composes our happiness when we look at how animals live within their happiness.
Happiness and Comfort
When we look at the way a pet expresses happiness there is a definite comfort as well. Fear causes us to guard ourselves, and the beacon of light that shines through our eyes is replaced with watchful eyes, more focused on safety and survival than on “reaching out”.
If we take that same primal concept and apply it to our day-to-day lives, we’ll find that if we want to be happy we have to create a safe space for ourselves as well as in the world that surrounds us. The best place to start is within.
Self Love Tips for Happiness
Learn to recognize self-judgment, and practice the art of compassion. Take the kindergarten approach, be kind, gentle and patient with yourself. Encourage trying another approach to your thought patterns or the things you do, and ask yourself questions like: does this make me happy?
Realize that our self-defeating tendencies are always fueled by fear, and that fear hides the best qualities we have to offer. It’s time to uncover who we really are, and that’s not the middle layer of fear. On the other hand if we want to create a lasting safe space for our “best” to reside, we have to let go of that sticky layer of fear and replace it with appreciation.
What is Happiness? © 2011 Estee Taschereau. About the author: My greatest love is assisting others shift into the comfort of acceptance and appreciation. This relational, open-hearted energy carries into my many interests: photography, symbiotic gardening, long walks, and enjoying nature. Ready for a shift in your own world? Sessions available by appt.