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What is True Happiness

Someone once asked me what is the definition of true happiness? And I couldn’t answer him, there can be so many answers. There is no right answer. There is no wrong answer. Not one person on this earth is the same as the next. So for everyone you ask, the answer will be different as each person’s values differ from the other. After some thought I answered him and said: “I think true happiness is when you have achieved complete balance in all aspects of your life.”

Still the question bothered me, can happiness really be defined. So I asked my landlady and she answered true happiness to her is watching her children and grandchildren as they sit at the Sunday Lunch table. Which proved my point. Everyone will answer differently.

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The dictionary defines Happiness as follows: ‘Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being or joy. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness.’

Still, I am not happy with this definition. So if someone is not successful, does that mean they cannot be happy? Feelings of safety? An adrenaline junkie will chase after danger just for the thrill of it. The rush is addictive to them. Speeding along the Highway on a Motorcycle is definitely not safe, but the adrenaline junkie is in seventh heaven at that moment.

I guess it boils down to the fact, different strokes for different folks. What means the world to one person, won’t matter to the next. My goal in life is to be content whatever the circumstances. One thing that works for me is to count my blessings and to be grateful for what I have.


What do you think?

14 Points

Written by Della


  1. Happiness is different for each of us. We are all rare individuals, so therefore it takes something different for all of us to be happy. Just my opinion.

  2. Defining happiness is a great personal journey, one that is both hard to embark on and hard to stop once you do.

    Thanks for sharing this – really enjoyed it!

  3. I think our life journey is a quest to find happiness. Happiness in part is your mindset, not based on material things. Essentially it’s about feeling fulfilled. Whatever that means to you, having a feeling of joy,, peace and fulfillment equates to happiness.