International Day of Happiness
When superstar Pharrell Williams released his song “happy” in 2013 it became a rage and quickly the United Nations endorsed 20 March as the International Day of Happiness.
Happiness, the biggest secret that exists remains a mystery. We humans are strange, we want it all the time but rarely do enough to make it happen. You can argue that it means different things to different people, for example buying a new phone can make someone happy but getting a hug from the person you love makes you happy.
So what makes people sad? Let’s explore this, because it obviously the easiest. Not enough money, poor health, people don’t love you, failure at work, exams, life, family, husband, wife, dog, worker, grandmother, politicians, president, singers and so on. Things make people sad and people make people mad.
Just think of how much time and energy you spend being sad, mad or bad? Is it worth it? “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I’m not being the bearer of doom and gloom news, but to get to the positive you need to address the negative. Since that is done, you must be wondering if I have the ultimate solution. Guess what I don’t. Nobody does but you and you alone.
Religious people find solace and happiness in remembering their God and rely on him to shower blessings that will make them smile. There is nothing wrong with that, only remember God wants you to be happy all the time too, he can only do so much, what are you doing about it?
Fear is an important ingredient to giving you happiness. When you are confident, you are superficial, but when you are afraid, you are real, there is feeling. You will cry and then you will laugh. Happiness should not be perceived as an achievement, it is your state of mind. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ― Mahatma Gandhi.
Be real, be in control, your mind is your most powerful thing. Most people think that happiness is related to the heart, but not so much. When you are faced with bad times, it hurts, you are down and out, but if you kept your held high, thought positively, happiness comes in the smallest moments. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama XIV.
Don’t wait for that perfect moment, man, woman, job, career, business, country, house or whatever. What is going on in your mind, make it stronger, make it smile it will show in your eyes and melt your heart all the time.
The 2015 theme for the International Day of Happiness is about connections. Dig deep, look around, use that smart phone and connect with anyone and everybody. Send a joke, a smile, a hug or kisses, don’t hold back.
Tell that someone how you feel, cheer someone else up, it is more satisfying. When you are content, at peace with your soul, anything is possible. The secret of happiness will unfold naturally and all you have to do is reach out and “be happy”.