Happiness, to me, seems as elusive as grasping at waves in the ocean...
You can see the wave and experience its pressure against your body, but the minute you try to take it in your hands it disperses into nothing but water flowing between your fingers.
If, however, you just allow the wave to wash past you or enjoy the thrill of its surf then it becomes an experience you can see, feel and witness beyond the physical sensations around your body.
Happiness happens much like a wave...You have to let it wash over you and when it's time for the ride, well, hop on and enjoy it while it lasts!
According to the Dalai Lama, happiness is not something that is ready made, but which comes from our own actions. Riding the wave of happiness is an action you take and what follows is your bliss, what you love, loving who you are and who you know.
It's these qualities that make me appreciate times when I have felt my happiest...to be alive right here and now, experiencing what it is to be me in my circumstances now.
The funny thing about happiness, much like the greatest wave you've ever ridden...the ride ends, whether it's a temporary ending or the end of a life, happiness is impermanent...
Live your happy moments, cherish them but let them go when their time has passed with the faith that more will be waiting for you just over the horizon.
In much the same conversation...here are two TEDtalksDirector for your viewing pleasure!
Matthieu Ricard (April, 2008) and Dan Gilbert (April, 2012) speak of happiness in very different, yet similar, ways:
I'd like to know from you...what makes you feel happy and why?
What are your cherished moments and how have they enriched your life?
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