Is Happiness Possible?
Some people seem to be naturally happy. Others seem to be perpetually miserable. For some, no matter what happens, they seem to always manage with as little damage as possible while others seem to always receive the eye of the hurricane and its consequent catastrophic destruction. It appears that some seem to attract the worse to themselves while others almost seem to have a protective shield around them which wards off impending disasters and attracts positive and good things. Is this possible? Is it just luck or just some random occurrence that has neither rhyme nor reason? The rational mind goes around in quick, little circles trying to find answers to these kinds questions hoping that, with a bit of logic, and some deep understanding, it can put life's journey on a smooth, paved, superhighway completely free from bumps, hairpin turns, unpredictable detours and all other sorts of obstacles. Happiness is elusive.
To understand what happiness means, we should first realize and accept that happiness is a function of our minds. Period. Happiness has nothing whatsoever to do with external events, surroundings or situations. It is independent of things outside of ourselves. Heavy, isn't it?
Of course, we all think otherwise. We think that external things bring happiness, that the more we acquire or experience, the happier we will be. We have to do more, have more, and experience more. This is definitely not true. There is no happiness in anything outside of ourselves. (I can hear the groaning and the "yea rights!") The apparent happiness that comes when we attains desired objects, etc. is purely a function of the mechanics, filters, or predilections of our minds.
This is easily proved by taking a look at what "makes" different people happy. Some are ecstatic, for example, over certain musical groups. Other people can't stand these same groups. Obviously, the happiness (or ecstasy) could not be in he groups themselves. It must be in how each individual perceives the group. The same thing could be said for food, friends, geographical regions, and almost everything else we encounter in our daily lives. We can conclude from this that if happiness were in these external things, whoever experienced these things would also find that happiness. Conversely, we can also conclude that if external things were the source of happiness, very poor people, those who have absolutely no material wealth would never be happy. We know from experience that this, too, is not true.