Happiness can be defined as an emotional and mental state of well-being characterized by pleasant and positive emotions brought about by gratification and extreme joy. In essence, happiness results from the attainment or possession of what people perceive as good. It brought about by contentment, pleasure, meaning, and engagement (Mancall, 2004, P. 10). Different people have different ways of pursuing happiness. To some, happiness is pursued by identifying exactly what brings joy and peace of mind in life. It is what one understands to bring joy. Additionally, it is also the manner they constantly seek it. However, factors such as desire are slackly associated with happiness. People of all walks of life have wide ranging ways of pursuing happiness (Annas, 1993, P. 8). For instance, very rich people go on holidays overseas with their families in epic places such as Miami, the Caribbean, Dubai, and other interesting parts in the world. On the other hand, middle class people tend to pursue happiness by meeting with family and friends for a meal and share happy moments together.
In my opinion, happiness is cannot be obtained. Instead, it is the choice a critical decision one makes in life. Some people believe that money can enable them obtain happiness, while others believe that peace of mind, joy, and good health bring happiness. Therefore, I believe that indeed, happiness is state in which we decide to be in regardless of our current situation. If one is depressed and he or she contemplates now and then, then happiness is denied (Todorov, 2010, P. 12). Over the years, situations have played a big part in my perception to happiness. I always believed that success and financial stability would make me happy. However, I have come to believe that happiness is a matter of perception. People differ in their interpretations of happiness mainly because of belief and our imagination. Arguably, happiness is not obtained, it is a choice one makes by deciding to be happy.
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