It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

The Fickleness Of Happiness

October 31st, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 32 secs

Is happiness fickle?

Is happiness fickle?

Ah, happiness. You can be trucking along, happy as a pig in clover and then, next minute, misery. Yes, things happen that can wipe the smile of anyone’s face. When they do, our mood goes too.

But there’s no need to despair because happiness has its levels. Like I mentioned yesterday, there are deeper states than how you and I are feeling at any given moment.

And, thank goodness for that! If happiness were only about feeling pleased, it would be a fickle ride indeed. Life is hard, when all is said and done. So it’s good to know that the sun, moon, and stars don’t have to be aligned in perfect harmony for you to know deeper contentment.

Now this might seem like doing mental gymnastics if you’ve come from the idea that being happy means keeping a smile on your face. But bear with me.

Happiness anchored in deeper states needs meaning. Not what someone else tells you necessarily, but what you perceive to be worthy and true. This is an important essential because the more your life is filled with constructive meaning, the easier it is to cope with all the tough stuff life dishes up.

Otherwise, the next time you step into doggy doo, whilst wearing your best shoes (or get accused of leaving tissues in your pocket and messing up an entire load of washing), you are going to feel pretty miserable.

But as you can see, the deeper your happiness is anchored, the less likely somebody is going to get your goat and upset it, or rain spluttering saliva over your parade. We merely need to go deeper. To where happiness goes beyond the vagaries of our regular ups and downs and stays with us more often than not in a kind of quiet confidence.

You don’t have to be some whiz to do this. Just think about it. Reflect on what means the most to you and build everything from there. It might take you days or even years. Yet, either way, it’s your happiness we are talking about and that deserves your considered attention.

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