Are You Happy All the Time?
Feeling good? It’s easy to communicate your happiness with a smile. Smiles can open doors and grease the wheels in any social interaction. Like the rock group The Band says, “If you smile at me I will understand, cause that is something everybody, everywhere does in the same language.” But when you are writing your words, it’s a little harder to express joy clearly. One time, when I was in an online chat room, the discussion was about happiness. Someone asked, “Are you happy all the time?” I answered, “I may not always be happy, but I am often content.”
Studies on the psychology of happiness say that it is not something that you feel ALL the time. Sometimes we are happy and sometimes we are not. It’s the qualities of the individual that tells how much time is spent in either state. Some people seem to be mostly negative in their approach to the world, others seem to approach everything with a bit of joy. However, about 10 percent is simple genetics: we are hardwired as to how fast we bounce back from disappointment or sadness.
When we seek money, or a good relationship, or a great job, what we are really seeking is happiness. The mistake we make is not going for happiness first. If we did, everything else would follow. —Deepak Chopra
Chapter 5 takes a look at happiness. Are you a person who feels joy easily? And, if you want it, is it possible to make yourself happier through your creative work? Perhaps it’s time to clasp on the rose-colored glasses of joy power. When most people are asked, “Do you want more joy?” most answer with a resounding, “yes.”
Chapter 5 Introduction