Updated: Apr 22, 2021
If happiness is a state of mind then why are many people unhappy? The truth is when we say a state of mind; it is what thoughts you feed your mind that brings up what emotions you will feel.
We all strive to be happy because feeling angry, sad, depressed or jealous does not feel good, and when we don't feel good, we don't attract good things to us. Everyone deserves to feel happiness. Of course, there are times when it is impossible to feel happy, e.g., illness, grieving, or financial difficulties, to name a few.
So let's ask the question, 'What is happiness?'
As a child, I remember the simple joy of playing in the vines and bushes behind our property in New Zealand brought me great happiness. That feeling of bliss was so easy to achieve in those early years. As I grew older and became an adult, it sometimes was harder to feel happy all the time. Mainly because I have never really fitted into other people's rules; I've always been rebellious.
Bad things happen; that's a fact.
When bad things happen, it is hard to stay focused on happiness. When my brother committed suicide in 1998, my whole world fell apart for many years. It brought me indescribable sorrow. Losing my parents was also challenging, although they lived until old age. Both had severe illnesses, which made it less traumatic than losing my then 34-year-old brother.
My brother, Gary, often asked me what it felt like to be happy. He suffered from debilitating depression, and the only way out for him was to exit this life. I do attribute my positive belief system to Gary in a way. He introduced me to the Law of Attraction and Louise Hay's book; You Can Heal Your Life. (*affiliate link) Unfortunately, Gary never did master the art of positive thinking.<