I spent my teen years in a state of happiness. Not that I had great things happening in my life. My external world was as difficult as any adolescent’s. My internal world though, was in a constant high, keeping me peaceful and healthy.
The Harry Potter books were my teenage companions. No matter how many times Ron drank the love potion, I’d find it hilarious again and again. Harry’s life at Hogwarts had given me a magical world of my own to retreat to. It was all in my mind, it was my happy place, and it reflected in all areas of my life.
What is happiness anyway? The absence of sorrow? That’s not practical. The absence of desires? We’re not ascetics. Psychologist Tishya Mahindru Shahani explains, “We can be happy only when we’re content within ourselves. I’d say happiness is the degree to which we judge the overall quality of our life in a positive light. It’s a part of our conscious mind.”
“It might seem like we get our happiness from external objects or experiences. But the truth is that happiness arises from within us, no matter our external circumstances.”
It certainly requires some internal work to get to a state of happiness. We may not be able to induce it per se. But understanding that happiness lies within us is a good place to start.