Happiness 101: Where Does Happiness Come From?

by Doc Orman, M.D.

Happines 101 Pt 2We now know that happiness includes a wide range of positive human emotions, from joy and elation at one end of the spectrum to quiet and peaceful contentment at the other end.

That’s what happiness is. 

Now, where does it come from for human beings?

Does it come from what you accomplish in life?  Does it come from the amount of money you have, or from the type or amount of possessions you’ve accumulated?

Does it come from winning competitions or surmounting difficult challenges successfully?  Does it come from being famous or being worshiped by other people?  Does it come from other people at all or from anything else external to you? 

Or does happiness first and foremost always come from within?

PLEASE NOTE:  This series of posts about happiness is aimed at people who do not suffer from a serious mental health disorde, or a chronic mood disorder such as chronic depression.  If you suffer from any such disorders, the information conveyed here may not apply to you.

Happiness Is A Win-Win Game

I know that most of us tend to live our lives as if happiness comes from without—from having lots of good friends, from having a loving family, from having a good job and adequate or more than adequate financial resources.

There are also plenty of happiness gurus out there who are constantly bombarding us with advice that happiness is entirely an inside game. 

I believe both of these dueling perspectives have equal merit.

In our classic “either/or” way of thinking, we tend to get stuck on which perspective is right or correct.  But I view happiness as a win-win game

I believe you can absolutely be happy about external things in your life, and that when things go largely the way you want, it’s fine to be happy about your positive external circumstances.

However, I also believe you can generate happiness from inside, whenever you want.  As a human being, you have the equipment to create happiness whenever you choose.  All you have to do is decide to be happy.  And you can choose to be happy whether things are going well for you (or for others) in your life or whether your life is not going so well, or even if it is going horribly.

Just think about this.  If you wanted to, you could always be happy that:

  • You are breathing and experiencing life.
  • The Earth is part of a magnificent, miraculous universe.
  • There is lousy weather outside today (as opposed to no weather at all).
  • You accomplished what you accomplished…and you didn’t accomplish what you didn’t accomplish.

This inner creative power to generate an unlimited supply of happiness for ourselves, whenever we want, is something we all possess.  And it is totally independent of whatever we have or don’t have at any point in time.

Thus, happiness is truly a win-win game.  If you are able to get the circumstances of your life to be the way you want and desire, you win!  And you can let the good circumstances of your life determine your happy feelings.

And when you aren’t able to get your circumstances to line up in favorable ways, you can still generate your own inner sense of joy and happiness, and therefore you can win in that situation as well.

You can win by being passively happy, or you can win by being actively happy. Either way, you can always win the happiness game. 

More Words Of Wisdom

Here are some more of the quotes I gleaned from the online source listed below.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/happiness

“That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!” ― Bill Watterson, Weirdos from Another Planet

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” ― Edith Wharton

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” ― Marianne Williamson

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“No one should ever ask themselves that: why am I unhappy? The question carries within it the virus that will destroy everything. If we ask that question, it means we want to find out what makes us happy. If what makes us happy is different from what we have now, then we must either change once and for all or stay as we are, feeling even more unhappy.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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