Wednesday, July 8, 2009

i like to tell jokes. (or jokes, it might be a a soft j.)

why was 6 afraid of 7? because 7 ate 9.
happy 07/08/09 folks!


thinking about how multi-facted happiness is... first off, are humans even designed to be happy? and how often to you have to be happy to have a happy life? like, if i'm happy on tuesday-friday, but a grouch saturday-monday, am i happy or not?

and some folks, like myself, don't really show HAPPINESS! like with the bubbles and sparkles and all. i'm pretty serious and heavy most of the time (read: nearly "wet blanket"), but i'm happy on the inside, so does that count?

and does happiness equal contentment? or can you be happy while still striving to be more, expect more, live more... blah blah blah.

and what about the people that have what i like to call the "chronic unhappies"? these people are fanatical about not being happy. (in my limited experience, though, i've found that most of the people like this are insanely self-absorped and ungrateful for the things they DO have.)

is happiness really just a choice? perspective? can you buy it?

john lennon says happiness is a warm gun, a quick google search tells me happiness is "like a butterfly", "a journey", and "the lord". helen keller says happines is attained "through fidelity to a worthy purpose". epicurus said "
tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness"... does anyone really know? isn't happiness a bit more individualized and specific?

oh, so many questions. what makes you happy?

6 comments:

Flesheater said...

I think we are designed to be happy.
But we are designed to find our happiness in our Designer.

We spend our whole lives seeking happiness in temporary ways that deceive us and are gone in a blink of an eye.

True happiness can only be found in our L-rd.
Our true desire should be for Him, it is the only way to find everlasting Joy.

Anita Ann said...

I find thjat m ost people, even those who know Christs love, have boughts of sadness. We let the world get to us and our situations. But, once we feel that coming on, we need to TRY and get it out of us. However, that is easier said than done.
The Lord wants us to be happy.

VanessaKim said...

Chinese food makes me happy. Chocolate makes me happy. Peeps make me happy. Chai tea makes me happy. Homemade pizza dough makes me happy. Does it say something about me that all my happy things are food related?

I try not to analyze what true happiness is really. But I have pretty house pretty tree syndrome. Lots of things makes me happy and I think the key is to find happiness in the smallest things possible. Like the way food coloring stains my fingers for days. Or how every child has to dismantle their dolls milliseconds after getting them to inspect them thoroughly. Or Elliott's sleepy voice when he comes stumbling into the living room first thing in the morning.

Big things make me happy too. But I have to take delight in the things that most people wouldn't notice. It makes life much more enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

interesting to me is the word downcast is the greek/hebrew word for "depression" first time used in the bible when Cain killed Able....i am most happy in my home with the dishwasher running after a meal - and at night time in my bed...watching shadows/reflections on the wall - from cars going by...and i love you..your words make me happy. ~ sarajane

Flesheater said...

Sadness is not bad.
The Bible says there is a time to mourn.
Jesus wept and was sad.

There are appropriate times to be sad.
You can be sad and still have joy.

leanna jackson said...

maybe we were made to be blissfully happy and it was ruined with some apples. maybe constant discontentment is necessary in flawed humanity, but not something to be dwelled upon. maybe happiness, now, is in growth, in brokenness. is a gift and a mindset alike.

who knows.
i just know that i was pretty pessimistic before ... but zebediah makes me pretty happy. even if, especially recently, i spend a lot of time venting frustrations and stress.



deep down, and especially in the morning, i am overcome with joy. an unhappy person could probably not experience that.

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