Tonyblack wrote:I suppose it depends on how you define 'happy'.
Is contentment the same as happiness?
The American Constitution says that all men are entitled to the "pursuit of happiness"
As May Wynn said: "Happy is not having a broken leg."
Pleased, contented, accepting, grateful.
None of these are "happy," but happy is a superlative and has become a societal expectation.
Sure, you can chase happiness, but you're SoL if you don't know what makes you happy.
Maybe if if you don't make you happy, you're SoL.
Are you supposed to be happy? Do you have a right to be happy?
No. I think we all have a right to be left alone (which should have been written into the Constitution), but happy?
What if you're sick? Or a child /parent is sick?
Money --real financial reverses. I'll bet there are tens of millions w/out unemployment insurance, health care and housing who are definitely not happy.
Happy is an emotion, relative to what's happening in your life, not a state of being.
Perhaps, it's hope.