Do you consider yourself a happy person?
Happiness is a state. Period.
We tend to be happy and maybe we do have particular set of skills – conscious or unconscious skills, that helps us to increase our happiness levels. We can also program our lives and our day-to-day activities to be based on the things that makes us more happy. Things like helping others,nurture feelings of gratitude or do something that we really enjoy. Some scientist suggest that we have a base level of happiness called Hedonic adaptation.
Hedonic adaptation is a process or mechanism that reduces the affective impact of emotional events. Generally, hedonic adaptation involves a happiness “set point”, whereby humans generally maintain a constant level of happiness throughout their lives, despite events that occur in their environment
However, besides that level of base happiness and contrary to the popular believe that state that we should be happy all the time and “if you are not happy then something might be wrong with you” – it’s not healthy to force happiness and the latest science research also says that the quest for an never ending happiness will probably ending driving us more unhappy.
The human brain should feel the whole spectrum of emotions (from anger through sadness) that our mind and brain are prepared to process and by doing this, we will be more mentally healthy. Some oriental philosophies like Buddhism and Dao (Tao) suggest that everything is impermanent and likewise happiness is impermanent and by accepting and understanding this impermanence will make us more will to live in the present moment and to cherish and appreciate the moments as they are unfolding, ultimately being more happy.
Do you feel sad? That’s okay, that will pass! Do you feel Happy? That will pass too!