…is simple, spontaneous, unconditional happiness. To feel happy not because one has accomplished a big goal but for no reason at all is in my opinion the sensation to live for. It is an acceptance of ourselves and appreciation of the forces bigger than us. The glory of a clear sunny day after consecutive days of Spring showers is not to be underestimated. We can be happy just to exist, just to be a minuscule part of this magic. Perhaps it is the motivation to witness another clear sunny day that drives us to carry on.
Happiness can be many things or one particular thing. Happiness is different at different times. Happiness can be different for different people.
Yesterday, I felt that happiness is being in the company of those that care about you and truly get you. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world when you say something potentially vague and those in your company catch your point completely, including all of the critical subtleties.
Is happiness merely one’s achievement in modifying one’s desires so that they are in-line with one’s honest perception of reality?
Today I laughed. I laughed a lot. I have not laughed so much in a few days. Perhaps real human interaction is necessary for real laughter. It felt cathartic. I never knew it could be so cathartic.
Laughter is like alcohol, tea, and essentially everything and every other phenomenon, you learn to appreciate it most in smaller quantities–or perhaps, the right quantity. Just like in economics, there is an equilibrium or steady state of maximum utility. Just like in calculus, there is a critical point or point of inflection where the maximum occurs.
There are some periods in my life when I laugh too much. There was too much laughter. If you associate laughter with happiness, you can say that there was too much happiness. There was too much happiness for me to meaningfully appreciate each moment. Sometimes, we need a slower pace of life in order to savor every bite.