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Everyone insatiably searches for the secret of happiness. There are no secrets, but there are options.

Narda Maren

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The United States is known as the country of opportunities. Moreover, many we see opportunities as a way to get happy. Los Angeles is one of the most relaxed cities in America and the world, according to an article published by By Andrew Dubbins in late 2020, but curiously due to factors such as the high cost of owning a home, the salary versus their expenses, and others factors. Their residents are not entirely satisfied.

If in one of the world's cities, where everyone wants to live, people do not feel as happy as we thought, what is happiness?

Is happiness a cliché topic? Is it possible to be happy?

The question has been asked so many times that people already see it as a repetition.

Cliché? Maybe, but without doubt, a theme that will always talk about; why? Because whether we understand it or not, or we disguise it in different ways, it is what the human being looks for in each step he takes, in each decision he makes, in each objective to be fulfilled, to be happy.

Everyone seeks happiness, but what is it really for us?

The desired happiness

Let's look at this from different points of view.

Society: generally speaking, society regards it as fullness. Get all the things we want and provide us with well-being: prosperity, tranquility, security, etc.

The problem is that after achieving that "something" that provides us with all objectives, another element we want to possess immediately arises. So, is it possible to achieve such fullness?

From the religious and psychological perspective: Luís Ventura, a psychologist, professor, and believer that I have the opportunity to interview, told me the following:

Happiness is a life project; a life project is a current that begins to emerge when the human being begins to meditate and see beyond what his reality is imposing on him. Religion adopts it as part of its existence when questions such as “what am I going to do now?” “What will I do next?” “what’s next?”
“If happiness did not exist for the believer “believing” would not make sense, since being happy depends largely on our existence having a purpose.

From a psychological and practical point of view, Mr. Ventura continues to explain that:

Happiness consists in organizing your life based on objectives, in reaching goals, goals that involve not only you but also people who are around you. The possessions or things with economic value are not necessarily part of those objectives to be met, they are only objects that accompany us in the process, and that can never be essential to feeling the happiness we seek, since, if so, if we stop owning them, the desired purpose would be lost.

According to what was discussed with Mr. Ventura, we can infer that being happy is being in an environment of total psychological, physical, and emotional well-being. Maturity influences this a lot, the independence of your actions without ceasing to be a social being, and of course, being very clear about your objectives.

Then, is it PosHappinesshave Happiness?

Let's go to the statistics and analyze a little.

Like all aspects of life, happiness does not have the same meaning or meaning for everyone, so it is often difficult to define or understand.

A survey of 200 people aged 20 to 55 years old, from different social backgrounds but within the same cultural environment, performed simple quHappinessbout happiness. The result is exciting and contrary to society's desire to sell us culturally and from the media.

Less than Only 9% of those interviewed consider obtaining a university degree or similar of happiness. This number may continue to decrease because the current generation prefers entrepreneurship to stay 4 or 5 years studying a university degree, implying that a degree does not define us or achieve.

7% relate happiness to partying. The percentage of this belief may drop significantly as the age of the individual increases since they begin to value other things or simply because they have already lived that stage.

35% associate Happiness with economic stability, and without a doubt, it isn't easy to achieve peace if we have at least necessary to meet our primary needs, including specific tastes.

Between 44% and 46% relate happiness to emotional peace and a calm family environment.

But 50% consider that to be happy, a little of all the before is necessary. We understand that it is valid; this is called balance.

So, does happiness exist?

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I think so, just that it is not a constant state, and it can be different in how each person interprets and feels it. I believe that the key to achieving the closest thing to happiness is to work on ourselves. We cannot find such a state-based solely on what we can have or achieve rather than what we already have. That does not mean we do not aspire; on the contrary, having goals and objectives makes our existence interesting.

Now, we should not pretend to be happy only when we achieve those goals. The answer is to be self-aware, to value all those things that we have before losing them, is to thank the universe, life, that higher entity that provides us with those tools that keep us alive, and when I speak of living, I do not mean to exist, but to feel special magic when waking up every day.

That, which I just mentioned, is NOT easy; people would not insatiably try to find instruments to be happy if it were. Millions are not invested in books, courses, therapies, etc., to achieve that desired balance. But like almost everything in life, the most complicated has a simple answer.

To be happy, it is essential to reflect on ourselves, what we can be, doing, and above all, what we need to improve.

Being aware of what we have and value will enjoy every moment; therefore, that state of well-being or satisfaction ceases to become a goal and becomes a process that we can enjoy every second.

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