“When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”
– The Dalai Lama
I have been thinking quite a bit about happiness lately. What it really is, how it is achieved. I find that I feel the happiest when I count blessings, but a close second is longing for those things that I want to achieve. I think we sometimes thing that the longing feeling for something we want is happiness, and that we are the happiest right before we obtain that thing that we want… but then once it is obtained what happens? do we then lose it, take it for granted, stop being happy about it?
It is a tough question for sure, I think the Dalai Lama has it right. Jesus told us to love one another, and I think that the more we love one another the closer to happiness we will be. I also believe that happiness comes from within and that you cannot make someone else happy unless you are happy first… but this is one of the things that is being challenged by my mind. Is it possible then to make someone else happy if you are not happy yourself?