Pursuit of Happiness


I feel great sympathy in the pain of my fellowman as he searches for happiness. He spends great amounts of energy, money and power, looking for happiness. He seeks to find happiness. He thinks that it is out there somewhere.


Happiness is like love, just one of our many emotions. It is not an item to get. I already have both; they are inherent in our mental and emotional makeup. The only question is how to put them into effect.


It has nothing to do with what occurs in the physical world. I can be suffering and still be happy, I have. In my six decades I have lived the high and the low. Not the highest or lowest, thankfully. I have learned that it is not in my best interest if I let the world negatively effect my emotions.


I can be happy, sad, mean, violent, and any number of emotions at any time. I decide which it will be, not you or any other experience. All my feelings and thoughts only exist internally, not out in the physical world. They are the only things that are mine alone, that no one can take.


Only I can make me what I am, not you, not them, not the past, not the future, just me. I have total and complete control.


It’s time to grab a hold and use the happiness (and love) that you already posses. It is already there, just use it.


You are personally responsible for every feeling and thought that you have. Only you can decide if you will be happy or not. I’m hoping that humanity will learn to see the strength in their innate abilities and learn to make better decisions.



(I've only recently started writing, looking for criticism, I'm sure i can find some here.)

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Comment by John Dodds on June 13, 2011 at 7:17pm
I think that happiness and unhappiness are both inherent. It is our choice that makes the difference. I work towards a goal because I like to improve my knowledge and abilities. If I  believed  that happiness comes with achieving a goal then I would automatically be unhappy if I failed in that attempt rather than learning from my failure. A failure does not mean unhappiness. I lost $300,000.00 about five years ago. It was nearly everything that I had accumulated in over 60 years of daily grind. Should I therefore be unhappy because of that. I cannot. My emotional strength is more important than anything this world can throw at me. I have quickly failing health. It isn't going to get me either. You have all the tools necessary to have a happy  (or unhappy) life.
Comment by John Dodds on June 13, 2011 at 7:19pm
Thank you by the way for being the first person to respond to my first submission. It was exactly the type of response I was hoping for.
Comment by John Dodds on June 14, 2011 at 1:53pm
("to improve my knowledge and abilities") is not a goal that is to be reached. It is a process that will never end. The "happiness" for me is the process. I do feel satisfaction upon accomplishing a task but that isn't the same as happiness. One cannot escape unhappiness totally. I just attempt to catch those feelings before they become installed as part of my psyche. With wisdom, failure does not equate to unhappiness. Sometimes you must fail many times before you learn where you erred in your task and reach success.


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