On Being Happy

on being happy

What does being happy mean to me?

First of all, it means 5 important things.

  1. You’re still capable of becoming sad or angry at any time, but you almost believe you can’t.
  2. You’re more motivated to do things instead of moping.
  3. You smile without realizing it.
  4. You’re healthier.
  5. Everything is more beautiful.

Notice how I didn’t describe what happiness actually feels like inside. These 5 points have nothing to do with feeling. It’s all in the mind. These are side-effects of feeling happy, and by seeing these effects in others I can usually tell if someone is happy or not.

The happiest points in my life were being a young person growing up on a farm. You can read more about that here. As a teenager, I got to ride horses, cuddle with baby goats, and feed pigs. I loved life, much more than I do now in the city. But by writing about how I feel and how my life has changed I become happy, even it it’s only for a moment.

So thanks for reading and I hope you can find what makes you happy!