Happy: delighted, pleased, glad, contentment, fortune, indicative of pleasure

I’ve been contemplating happiness lately. What is happiness? I have, for most of my life felt happiness belonged in a form fitting box that meant the same for all. I was smart enough to know there were some slight variations, but not experienced enough to know there are endless variations.

Essentially, happiness is individualized to each person. Notice the happy definition above is about a feeling, an emotion and not an object or set “thing.”

In a world so fixated on society’s versions of what happiness is we are overcome with THAT viewpoint over our actual desired happiness. One needs to take a deep look inside them self to find what makes them happy, not what we THINK makes them happy.

What is something that makes you happy that is not what others might find happiness in?



  1. I agree with the fact that happiness is individualized to each person, but I think we all have the same basic needs (shelter, social interaction,…) but how much of it we need is where differences are found. Finding the right balance is the key and this is work because life is constantly changing so we have to adapt.

    To answer your question, well i think it is possible to be somewhat happy when single, as long as other aspects of that person’s life are fairly fulfilled (work, relationships with friends or family, health, hobby,..). It is not the ideal situation but when temporary (or permanent for some) it is manageable.

    How would you answer the question?

    • I think that social interaction and shelter is not necessarly everyone’s “happy” I say this because I don’t feel basic needs convey happiness, I feel they fall in a different category.
      To answer your question I would say happiness is a state of mind based on feels you have for yourself and others around you and that it is truly an emotional stance in life.

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