Isn't that what we all want? Happiness. It is a very precious commodity. Perhaps, more precious than gold.
Whose life is better? Someone with a sunny disposition who lives in poverty and blissful contentment or someone who is always miserable and restless in spite of material wealth? I would go for happiness every time.
When it comes to happiness, it is likely that you are similar to me. Life has its ups and downs. It would be great to be happy all the time but even though you want to hang on to it, happiness can so easily slip away - like a fish that escapes from your hook.
It comes in different forms. Bursts of happiness might happen at particular events - a family wedding, a party, a theatre trip or a simple act of kindness. Or it might be more long-lasting, more fundamental - a swathe of your life in which each day you wake feeling good about things with a lightness in your step and a twinkle in your eye. In times like those the little muscles in your cheeks are always eager to forge smiles.
We can't help who we are. Regarding happiness, I am in between kind of fellow. I have had my share of sadness, dark moods when sleep seems infinitely better than consciousness but I have also enjoyed much happiness in my life, much sunshine. Unlike so many westerners, I never needed to visit a doctor for happy pills.
Perhaps we can only know happiness when we have something to compare it with. Ying and yang. Light following darkness as laughter follows tears.
Should we strive for happiness or simply wait patiently for it to come back just as we might stand upon a shore waiting for the tide to return?