French philosopher and writers, Denis Diderot, said, "There is only one passion, the passion for happiness."
When you get right down to it, what is happiness?
Dictionaries define it as "an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment."
However one may define happiness, this state of being usually involves satisfaction with life and involves positive emotions that make one "feel good."
WHY DO WE HUNT FOR HAPPINESS?
Good question. The short answer is it's part of the human condition. The longer answer is because one feels a lack of something in life. Far too often, that lack translates into lack of love—humans want to be loved and to give love.
Sure, there are other plot elements, motivations, and emotions involved, but beneath all of that is the basic need for love and happiness.
Perhaps happiness is as basic and fundamental as Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin de Francueil— better known by her pen name George Sand—once said.
"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."
NEW BOOK ON THE HORIZON
Of course my obsession with the hunt for happiness has to do with a new book that I'll publish in the next few months. In the meantime, I took a look at all the books I've written and realized
In each book, the heroine is searching for something she lacks. In EVERY LITTLE LIE, Elizabeth searched for the reason her mother didn't love her. A lack that affected every aspect of her life and made her feel inferior and wary of relationships and love.
Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn a lesson. Usually the hard way.
Elizabeth Stoneham knew this lesson was going to be another hard one.
Using the mindlessness of passion to banish the pain of the past is a temporary solution.
The problem with this is that a woman can become ensnared if she’s not careful.
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Abraham Lincoln is often quoted for what he said about happiness: "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Epicetus said, "There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will." Is that another way to espress what Lincoln said?
I've always thought Lincoln's words held a hint of resignation or perhaps acceptance of the status quo whereas what Epicetus said suggests we not worry over anything out of our control.
At least that's my 2¢. What do you think about the way to happiness as expressed by Lincoln and centuries before by Epicetus?
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