How Happy Are You?

 When I realised I was constantly searching for happiness, I asked myself the question: ‘What is happiness?’

  The bad news:

 While you are seeking, hoping and working towards your happiness, it will always be one step away. Over the hill, in someone else’s pocket or around the corner.


  The good news:

 Happiness is right here right now. But you need to slow down, take a deep breath and take a good look around you. Be aware of your surroundings. Perhaps your parents are still alive and you have a home. Imagine your life without any one of those. You see, if you stop and take notice of what you do actually have, you quickly realise it is hard to be unhappy and grateful at the same time. Desires come and go; there will always be something we want.


 Firstly, we have to talk about emotions. Any emotion – sadness, fear, anger, and many others – are not good, nor bad. Personally, I think that emotions simply are, just as feeling happy can be an emotion we experience at various times in our day. It comes and it goes depending on what’s going on in that particular moment. True happiness is another thing. Being happy is about feeling a deep sense of joy in your heart. I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that a person can have everything in their life – a fabulous career, a loving partner, optimal health – and still lack happiness. Because the one thing you need to understand is that true happiness does not come from external events or people. It comes from within.

 So what’s the answer? On a personal note , I’d like to say that we need to always try doing better but appreciate ourselves in the process. The concept of growth is the purpose of our existence. You have to be proud of yourself while working towards the things that you really want.

Bianca Irimia