Happiness is WHAT? What is it like to be happy? Are you HAPPY? We are entitled to the "pursuit of it" here in the USA. I have read numerous books by credentialed people on the subject and all were right about what they said and yet I never got a good idea of it.
Some things I do know is that we need the necessities of life before we can be happy, then we need a group of family and friends who care for us and value us. I want this to be a short blog and a long discussion, so I won't go into theory or state the obvious.
I think I have just learned that happiness needs the wisdom to know how to manage money and food and resources in a way that does not worry us or make us anxious. If I am happy about the food that I feed myself and my family and friends, then that is a big chunk of happiness. If I know that I spend my money in a way that supplies my needs and meets my values, that is another huge chunk of happiness. If I know I am being fair and caring and generous to others, then that is another big chunk of happiness for me. If I use my energy to work and meet my responsibilities, then that is another big chunk of happiness for me. I think that about covers it.
Happiness is a level of satisfaction with how you spend each and every part of every day, and that you know that you are lucky and very grateful to be safe and sound for another day even though everything could change tomorrow. It still seems that a satisfied mind is the key component of happiness. WHAT do you HAPPINESS IS?