What is Happiness And Why You Won’t Find The Secret To It In A Book

Day 4/365: Happiness. Is it teachable? Is it measurable? Can you give it to others? Happiness is… what?

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What is happiness? Is there a secret formula to it? Is it something abstract? Something that’s so artistic, it’s not really palpable to humans, but we just imagine it? Is happiness the key to life? Can we learn happiness? Are we able to influence others into being happy? What the heck is this happiness that everybody, from the beginnings of time, talks about?

Happiness is not out there, it’s within you.
Happiness is not something really made, it comes from your own actions.
Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.
Happiness is a habit, cultivate it.
Happiness is a choice, so choose it every day.

Look at all these quotes about happiness. Confusing, right? Well, it’s fine if you’re confused, as many of us are when it comes to this topic. I like quotes, and I see there’s an ongoing trend on Medium to use them, so here I am following that trend. Quotes help us cultivate a different perspective on our sometimes problematic situations, so they can be helpful, insightful and fun.

Happiness has no secret formula

What’s not helpful are false hopes. Like the one that states you can find happiness, or the applicable formula to achieve it by reading a specific book, magazine, article or Ancient quote.

People spend thousands of dollars on books that promise a secret formula for happiness. Like this state of mind, or achievable thing, or whatever happiness really is is scientifically measurable and you can learn how to induce it after reading a book by some internet guru that has it all figured out but has nothing better to do with his time than to write a book about how he found happiness, rather than just spending his days being happy!

What/Where is happiness?

In fact, and this is really going to sound like a big clichée, happiness comes from within. I don’t have the formula for this either, so if that’s why you clicked on this article, by all means, unfollow me and go eat a sandwich, because there is no formula for happiness. But the sandwich will make you happy. So, is this the secret? No, not really. Or is it?

But I know happiness, and so do you. I know how it feels, how it transforms me and the people around me. How it makes me see things in a brighter tone of white, and red, and yellow, and green. How it makes my food taste better. How it makes my clothes look great on me. How it makes me forget about everything bad and installs the good part of life into my mind. Yet, I can’t describe it, I can’t explain it, and I sure as hell cannot teach it to somebody else.

I also know sadness, and that’s a similarly powerful feeling.

Maybe you really found the secret to happiness inside a book. This post is just my idea on the subject, with the evidence I’ve gathered over the years from my own experiences, so I’ll just go ahead and respect my own opinion, as I’ll respect yours, even if it’s totally different.

That will make us both happy.

Before you go…

My name is Gabriel Iosa, I’m a 25 years old travel enthusiast, food lover, Psychology student, full-time freelancer, writer and Instagram fanatic. You can follow me @gabrieliosa, and if you liked this post, give it exactly 48 claps!

I’m on a mission to write 365 articles in 2018. This is definitely the biggest writing challenge of my life so far. If you’d like to be part of the journey, please follow me here on Medium.com for the daily posts!

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