“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.” With these words, our country was born. I find it interesting that out of all the things our founding fathers could have listed in the Declaration of Independence as paramount principles, they chose happiness.
Consider also the following statements from ancient and modern prophets: “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” And, “Happiness is the object and design of our existence….”
It seems pretty clear that our purpose in life is to be happy. But I don’t think this is something we feel or acquire, so much as learn and become. True happiness is not fleeting or dependent upon circumstances. True happiness is a state of being.
We all know people who are continually miserable, and we all know people who are continually happy. What is the difference between them? Why is one happy, and the other not? If becoming truly happy is the purpose of our existence, how do we become happy? That is the question this series will attempt to answer. For the next few weeks, we will tackle questions like “What are the barriers to happiness? How can I be happy in our world of turmoil? How can I be happy with all I have suffered? How can I help others to be happy?” We all have ideas on the subject of happiness, and so we can learn from one another. Each week there will be a challenge that is meant to increase our level of happiness. Will you join me in helping the world to become a happier place?
The first thing that needs to be discussed is the very definition of happiness. We can’t obtain it if we don’t know what it is. So what is it exactly? If you had to write a definition for a dictionary, what would you write?
Your challenge for this week is to think about what “happiness” really means. In the comments section, please share your definition of happiness. Then be sure to subscribe (right above the big pink button in the sidebar) so you don’t miss out on any of the discussion in the coming weeks. And be sure to share this post on your social networks. After all, we all want to be happy. (Or do we? But that is a question for another day).
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