Did you know there was a thing called the Movement for Happiness? I learned this the other day when I heard on the radio that they were looking for a National Director at a reputed salary of £80,000 per year. I imagine that will make someone very happy indeed.
It set me thinking. What makes us happy? What would make us happy? What is happiness anyway? Is it a warm gun? a cigar called Hamlet? South Indian garlic chicken with coriander? A Macallan 18 year old with a sherry oak finish? A good woman?….. A bad woman?
According to Helen Keller, “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
“You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.” So said Bette Davis
Samuel Johnson said that ” Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.”
Here are some more definitions:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Happiness is an inner state of well being. A state of well being enables you to profit from your highest: thoughts, wisdom, intelligence, common sense, emotions, health, and spiritual values in your life.” – Lionel Ketchian
“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle
“Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.” – Ambrose Bierce
“Life can be divided into the horrible and miserable.” – Woody Allen
“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer
So dear reader, how would you define happiness and what makes or would make you happy?