Feb 11, 2013
There is much talk about happiness in life. Movies, lectures, books, and seminars have been written explaining what it is to be ‘happy’ and ‘how you get there.’ As stated in the United States Constitution we are given “unalienable rights among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Happiness is something we as humans are entitled to and guaranteed as a right. Something so fundamental should be easy to come by, yet everywhere you turn there are signs and tips on how to be ‘A Happier person.’ Happiness, by definition is a state of being, not a destination. It is an essence that many people work so hard to define, ...view middle of the document...
It is an implied guarantee. As someone who has visited Disneyland a few times throughout my childhood, I can testify to the fact that it is truly a wonderful place that always puts a smile on my face and makes me happy. I have parents who are willing to buy me the food I want and I have my own means of buying souvenirs that I think I cannot live without. As you walk around the park you can see many different levels of emotions. There are children who are overwhelmed by the happiness of meeting their favorite Disney princess and who think that it is the ultimate life experience. Also, there are the children who are crying because they are scared to death of Cruella De Vil and think she is coming after them. A child cries because he isn’t tall enough for Indiana Jones, and the kid that cries because he’s not allowed to have a second ice cream cone. Because these children have moments of unhappiness while in the park does it take away from the happiness as a whole of the vacation? Once someone can look back on a memory it may be seen more fondly than it was when the memory was initially recorded all because there is more to take away from it.
Human nature has the tendency to find the best in things. Even when everything is falling apart it is customary to still seem to have it all together with a smile on your face. Everyone is striving for this goal of happiness but no one knows how to get there on their own. What does it mean to be happy? It is not a documented thing. It is not to be tall or short or rich or poor. There is no standard definition or measuring stick. Many times people in Psychology like to study happiness and link it to other things like the color blue, the color can cause raised levels of happiness in people. Not every person has the same reaction to each trigger...