Stop Looking. Start Feeling Happiness.


Wikipedia tells me, happiness is a fuzzy concept. 
“A mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.”

Sounds fair enough and I’m happy enough with that statement not to argue to the contrary.

Ah, who cares anyway, right? Happiness is overrated. Especially when you are constantly trying too hard to find and be it, chase it, feel it or, whatever it is that you think it is and, what it should be. Anyway, what is this elusive thing called happiness?

I must admit I haven’t given the nine letter feel-good word –  a noun, thank you google, too much thought. That is, until the other day when I genuinely experienced an ahh-haa moment of “so this is what happiness really feels like.” And, it felt brilliant.

Up until now, I hadn’t thought about taking the time to register what it was to feel happiness. I think somewhere or somehow I vaguely knew I felt it whenever I was upbeat, positive and just well, happy.

Whereas, I can definitely take ownership by admitting I have spent a whole heap of time analyzing the other end of the spectrum; unhappiness, heartbreak, angst, relationship woes and anything that I thought needed my all-consuming attention because life wasn’t going my way.

Yet, strangely I’ve never invested in thinking about how I’m doing on the happiness scale when life is great and going my way.  Doesn’t seem to make sense. Maybe it’s because I don’t know how to define the scale. Or, more honestly, I couldn’t recognize it as happiness even though, I was feeling it.

After my ahh-haa moment of clarity, the penny finally dropped. Despite me being generally happy I had simply misunderstood happiness.

Happiness isn’t something you hope to one day find. Neither do you look for it in yourself, or in others, situations, places and so on, but it is influenced by these factors.

Happiness isn’t hard work and you don’t have to work at it to feel it.

Happiness is a wonderful good-old overwhelming feeling of yumminess experienced in a moment of time.

Happiness is a state where everything seems shrouded in joy leaving you buzzing with a lightness of being feeling that all is well in your world.

Happiness is a feeling. Felt in a moment of time. Celebrate, love, enjoy and revel in the fuzziness of feeling happy.

My life my way takeaway – “Stop looking and start feeling happiness.”

When I saw Minnie Moo The Extraordinary Adventures of an Ordinary Cat sitting on the virtual e-book shelf I experienced happiness.
For a moment in time I felt unabashed happiness. Seeing Minnie Moo’s happy furry face on the cover and the accomplishment of becoming an author could only be defined as happiness.