Happiness is what? Is it a skill?
I hope that each and every one of you is having a happy Fourth of July. The “happy” part of that is significant, and I sincerely hope that you have the skill and the circumstances to achieve it.
Skill? Yes. Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, wrote one of the most oft-quoted lines in history describing unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Someone suggested to me today that:
Happiness is a thing based on the circumstances we are in. Good circumstanced=happy, bad circumstances=unhappy.
I disagreed. (And later, the commenter pretty much agreed with my objection, which is posted below.)
Happiness is a learned skill. To describe it as as merely the result of circumstances would be like saying a person is a skilled carpenter simply because he lives in a neighborhood of well-built homes. (continued here)
What I think curious about this post is that Keith DeHavelle never explains what skills we require to make us happy. He simply says:
You can be as happy as you decide to be, if you follow up on that decision by seeking and acquiring the skills involved. (from here)
Are you happy? What skills do you employ to sustain your happiness?
BTW, Happy Independence Day includes a great bit of poetry.