I have observed and experienced what I call two “categories” of happiness. One is the general sense that people feel about their lives or selves in general and the other is the one that we feel when certain events happen (the kind of thrill we feel when we get a new car, job, love, whatever…that usually wears off after we get used to the thing even if we still love the thing).
I believe that we can all experience deep and true happiness and gratitude in general, not just when something “big” happens.
We have mostly all tapped into that wonderful sense of gratitude and happiness when we have experienced a new and pleasant event. Like as mentioned above: new job, car, lover, new baby, friend, pet…. But then the novelty or new feeling wears off after a while and we go back to the mediocre kind of happy until another big event occurs.
No matter how miserable or unhappy someone is about life in general, usually that person has experienced a temporary thrill in response to a happy event.
I believe we can all experience that thrill or genuine happiness everyday about life in general and simple things and it doesn’t have to be just reserved for what are considered “big” or “important” events like graduation, promotion, marriage…..
We don’t have to live every day like we’re in a manic episode or on certain drugs and this is not to say we will not occasionally experience unhappiness or even misery but we can stop throughout the day everyday to feel a sense of thrill and strong gratitude and awe for everything we have, big and small.
You can feel an incredible sense of wonder for all of the splendor around you.
This is something that for many people doesn’t come naturally or always easily.
It has to be learned, practiced, and applied to become effective. But it can be done. It becomes a positive habit.
You don’t have to have certain things to be generally happy. You don’t have to be financially rich, or have multiple cars, or romantic love, a perfect job.
All you have to do is stop to look at all the goodness surrounding you and cherish it.
My goal is to help people as well as myself obtain this as much as possible.
No matter how happy and successful we are, there’s always room to evolve in some ways and little reminders are great.