Words on Happiness


I used to think all I wanted in life was to be happy.

But the truth is you can’t just be happy all the time, it’s absolutely impossible. To be human is not to have one emotion, one feeling, one mood, or one anything. We are complex multifaceted creatures with many different elements to each of us.

Sometimes we’re happy, but sometimes we’re mad, or angry, or sad, or depressed or hopeful, or irritated, or compassionate, or lazy, or excited. It’s unnatural to think a person could be one thing all the time. And to be honest, it sounds pretty boring when you look at it that way.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to the fact that you can’t truly know or understand happiness unless you also know and understand sadness.

You can’t know what light is without the dark.

If all you’ve known is happiness, happiness isn’t happy anymore. It becomes regular.

It becomes meaningless.

If happiness is your baseline, happiness becomes mundane. Joy becomes stagnant. Luck becomes boring. And you become shallow.

The thing is, as human beings, we need a wide range of emotions and experiences to know what it is to be alive. We must go through crisis and tragedy to truly appreciate joy and happiness. And when you experience high highs and low lows as well as everything in between, you create depth.

So, even though I wish it was simpler, and I wish I could live a life of nonstop joy, I feel we have to learn to embrace the depth and appreciate the clarity the darkness brings us.

When it’s all said and done, we just have to appreciate the good when it’s good, and recognize the bad as necessary, when it’s bad. Live in the moment, and don’t stress over the inevitable. Enjoy what you have. (insert other generic motivational phrases here).

I guess what I’m saying is don’t settle for elevator music – pursue the symphony, despite the cost.


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