What is happiness?
Is it the absence of sadness? The presence of contentment? Freedom from mental illness?
When I was in graduate school over a decade ago, I had a professor who frequently said:
Happiness is not a hot dog
I have pondered the meaning of that statement ever since. Does it mean that hot dogs really aren’t that delicious? That the pleasure you get from eating a hot dog isn’t real happiness? That happiness cannot be achieved in the consumption of material things? It remains a mystery.
In the interest of unraveling that mystery, I am dedicating the month of May to learning more about happiness. I have invited colleagues, friends and family to contribute pictures of what makes them happy – even if the happiness gained is only momentary. They couldn’t send pictures of kids, pets or lovers – that’s too easy! But had to come up with other things that made them glow with pleasure. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!
In the meantime I will be looking for the one thing that makes me the happiest. Here are a couple runner – ups: