what will make us happy?
are you happy? think about that one for a second. has anyone asked you that recently? do you stop on a daily basis and ask yourself this question...am i happy? i don't. but isn't this what our lives revolve around? even our country's founding document has the word happiness as an "unalienable right."
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.i remember something my dad said to me shortly after i became a christian in my teens and i told him that i was going to become a pastor. his answer (and i'm pretty sure my dad was not a christian at the time--dad, if you are reading this, you can comment otherwise) was one that my dad gave us kids numerous times when we talked with him about decisions we had made or were thinking of making. "whatever makes you happy."
so what is happiness and what will provide it for us? money? sex? the perfect family? how many people do you know are truly happy? why is depression so prevalent in our society? if any of these things actually provided happiness, americans should be the happiest people on the planet. the truth, however, is that we are just as depressed as the rest of the world...maybe more so.
i'm really curious for feedback here. is happiness even achievable? is it a fleeting emotion that comes and goes with various circumstances? is it something we should really be consuming our lives with? what makes you happy?
**the symbol at the top is the chinese character for happiness. Taken from here. **