Happiness is often characterized as the feeling of pleasure, or the opposite of pain and agony.
However, when we take a look at the true definition described by Webster Dictionary, we can break down this feeling, this term, and really begin to acknowledge it.
Happiness is defined as a state of well-being and contentment.
What catches my eye and intrigues me most of all in regard to this definition, is the word, state.
State of being, rather than feeling.
What’s the difference?
A feeling is something that is temporary, and occurs when we react to a given situation in life. This can also be categorized as a state; however, this is only true when the line between events and the emotions you tie to them, get blurred.
Otherwise, the feeling is just a mere feeling, and the event, is just that which happened without any bias or opinions.
However, a state of being, is simply something you are.
You may feel happy, but there is a difference between feeling and being.
You may not always feel happy, but you can be happy whenever you chose.
How does one, become happy?
Happiness as a state, rather than a feeling does not come from a reaction to an event. It does not need any catalyst to set it off, or to be brought on by something else.
So, all you simply must do is chose to be happy.
Which is easier said than done.
But think about it this way, if you came home from a long day at work and find yourself frustrated with how the day went and infuriated that you ran out of time to complete everything you wanted to for the day, you could come home and bring that same energy into your house. Which would effect not only how you spend the rest of the day, but also how you treat the others around you.
Instead of giving in to the frustration, you could simply choose to let it go. Say to yourself, that is over now, and I am here at home, with the option to clean my slate and start over for the day.
I can enjoy the evening, whether I have chores to finish or have some down time to pick up my favorite hobby. I can choose whether those experiences are enjoyable or not.
So, next time you begin to feel yourself falling into the trap of becoming the slave to your emotions, remember that all emotions pass, but it is the state that which you are in, that you have control over, and if you want more out of life, you will remember that you not only have the power to change your state, but you have the choice to do so as well.
When was a time when you chose to let go of emotions that were not serving you & found that you were able to experience more out of life? Let me know if the comments & feel free to share this post with anyone who needs a little mood shift!