A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
The news that Catherine Zeta Jones was treated with bipolar disorder has generated lots of debate. On one hand, praise for her being open about her mental illness and speaking out, on the other hand confusion as to why someone who has so much could suffer with depression. I think it shows that no matter what you have in life, you can still struggle and just because you have money and fame, doesn’t mean you’re happy all the time.
This got me thinking about happiness in general. Happiness is something we all seem to strive for, we want to make the most of our time here and really feel satisfied and content with our existence. But how do you define happiness? How do you know if you’re happy?
I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.
I know so many people who complain and moan daily. We all live busy, stressful lives – we have to battle with transport difficulties, we have to deal with money worries, the question of whether we are in the right job, we have to search for love ro try to hold on to it and we have to watch the news and see violence, poverty and pollution cast a cloud over our daily activities.
I think it’s so easy to let go of happiness and just fill your mind with all the negative things around us and the world. To forget to count your blessings and be thankful for the good, positive parts of your life. I am so guilty fo this. Sometimes I feel depressed, I feel like every day is the same and I wonder if that contentment, that satisfaction with my life will ever come. But I think that’s okay. We all feel that way sometimes, we just need to programme ourselves to mix it up with some thankful moments as well.
People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.
This quote made me smile and ties into the debate on CZJ – she had the money to check into a rehab clinic and get the help she needed. Others may have to suffer for much longer. But whilst I do think having money takes away some of the daily struggles, true happiness is so much more.
Happiness… it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Vincent Van Gogh
I really like this quote. I know that when I write I feel happy. I’m passionate about it, I love the thrill of creating and I like having the dream that one day the whole wide may see it. I do want to achieve in life. Be it passing exams, getting into University, getting that first job – all those achievements, do make you feel more content. They are like signposts on the journey of life and even if you do end up taking a wrong turn now and then, as long as the final destination is the same it doesn’t matter. We need to be happy that we ar learning along the way. If I got everything I wanted now, would I be happier? I’m not sure, I like aiming for something, I just wish I had a glimpse that all the hard work would pay off one day. That would make it easier for sure 🙂
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
This I can definitely get on board with. It is important to feel and give love. Not just feel it from the people around you or give it to them but also to yourself. To be happy, you need love – to be loved and to give love. If you take away all the money in the world but you still have love, you’ll still be richer than someone who has millions but no-one who cares or to care for.
The theory behind CZJ illness is that she got too stressed nursing her husband through his battle for cancer. To me this shows that her family place love higher than their money and fame. That’s what will get her through this, not her ability to get the best medical help.
I think being happy is down to us. I want to think more positively about life and be thankful for what I have, to avoid feeling depressed because I haven’t ticked off my life to-do list yet. I should enjoy the journey more. And most of all, search for and embrace love in all its forms.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Do you struggle with happiness? What do you think the key to happiness is?