What is Happiness to You?

August 20, 2011 / Daily Life, Philosophy / 5 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, one of my very close friends forced me to read Eric Weiner’s Geography of Bliss.

I like exploring the realms of philosophy and psychology but I’ve never really taken an interest in happiness. I’ve always believed that happiness had to come naturally — that thinking about it won’t necessarily make one happier, in fact, it may make one more miserable. So to read a former NPR foreign correspondent embark on a world tour to seek for the happiest (and unhappiest) places was really quite fascinating.

(By the way, I highly recommend this book, if you are seeking for life’s insights with a dash of wit and humour — served light.)

There were a lot gems of insights in the book, which I haven’t fully wrapped my head around yet, so I won’t be writing about them in this entry.

But at a more basic level, it did make me wonder what happiness means to me. And I think Weiner answered it for me when he wrote these words:

Blessed Idleness

Yes, that is precisely what happiness is to me — at least at this point in my life.

Just sitting at a cafe pondering about life with a great book, my laptop, a strong dose of caffeine and jazz playing in the background (or in my MP3 player). Blessed idleness — what I’m feeling now, as I write these words.


So what is happiness to you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Happiness to me is just being around friends who you can act and be yourself without any repercussion.

    When I am alone, happiness involves my hobbies 😀

  • having things to look forward to. Vacations, weddings, parties. Looking forward to tomorrow instead of dreading it.

  • desmond

    At this point of time, Happiness, to me, is being able to do things because I want to, not because I am expected to.

  • Mine is very similar to yours. This weekend I went out to eat with my fiancé and we got a table outside all the way in the back. It was the only seat left and customers usually don’t sit there. It was quiet, dark, the lights were beautiful, and the breeze felt amazing. For those little, quiet minutes sitting there and looking around I felt incredibly happy.

    I think that I can find happiness by living in the moment, just like what happened this weekend. Take a break to look around and take in how incredible your life really is. It’s also a good way to bring your mind back into focus on the important things!

  • Nikki

    Happiness for me is like a light bulb, it switch can turn off and on at any time of the day. Happiness for me is to be around the ones I love and the ones who love me. Happiness is a choice, the simple choice if you want to be happy and look at things on the positive side or if you want to think of it from all the bad perspective sides.