I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year on the New Year’s Day, but after I wrote the title “Happy New Year”, I wasn’t sure that I really knew what “happiness” was. Quite a while ago, Chris asked us “What is Happiness?” I remember it took me a while to come up with an answer. I wrote, “Happiness is a word, which is used to describe a certain mental state. When you are in that state, you feel good and maybe even a little excited. ” But, is that it?
I thought a smart thing to do would be to write a list of things that had made me happy in 2014 and then study it. I remember one day while vising my nephew’s family, I got up and saw the morning sun shining on trees and I was happy. I remember how excited and happy I was when I saw a LED kite flying high in the sky the first time in my life. How about the time sitting next to my daughter at a movie theater watching “Big Hero 6”, I heard her laugh — no hesitation and no reservation, and I felt happy?
After coming up with a list, I was still a little confused. 😉 Each situation on my list seems having a little different attribute in it. And at the same time, they are similar in an unexplainable way. So, I thought maybe the next thing to do was to list things that didn’t make me happy. One thing quickly came to my mind was the interior design work we had done last year. For many years, vertical blinds were the only window treatment we had in our house (a typical Chinese way to decorate windows). I thought it was about time for us to “upgrade” to curtains, and maybe rearrange our living room furniture a little bit. After spending more-than-I-would-like-to money, we have new curtains, and an area rug. I like the new look (I really do), but, for some reason, it doesn’t make me happier. The new backpack I bought, again, doesn’t really make me happier even though I do like it a lot.
Now that I have come up with two lists, I expect a magic moment, thinking for sure everything would be clear to me now, but it doesn’t happen that way. What do you do when you need help?
Yes, you are right — I googled. And my dear friends, I can’t tell you how happy I am to find this web page: What Is Happiness. I hope you like it too.
Now, I can finally, honestly say “Happy 2015” to you all! 😉