Happy is one of those words that’s overused today. Happy has a song titled after it. Its been branded, marketed with its own smiley face cheerleader like emblem.
Like the word, love, the concept of happiness has been so bastardized by TV and magazine advertisements that it has lost its deeper, non-commercial meaning.
So, we don’t even think about it what it really means to be happy, much less take the time to experience it.
Instead, we often we walk around thinking about the problem of the day. We focus on what’s stressing us out or what we’re worried about. These daily concerns soon overshadow our sense of well-being. We forget how blessed our lives really are.
So, what does it mean to be happy? Am I happy?
Happiness means we experience delight. We’re pleased, glad. We enjoy pleasure. Laughter. Love. We have a certain level of contentment with ourselves and with our lives. Our souls are touched with joy. Our hearts are brushed with peace.
If we take a moment to ask ourselves the simple question, am I happy? We might experience two possible responses: gratitude or growth.
If our answer is, yes I am happy, we’re propelled into gratitude. We recall how blessed we are. We recognize a deeper sense of appreciation for who we are and with what and whom we’ve been gifted.
If our answer is, no, I’m not happy, we can use our awareness as a springboard for growth and change. We can ask ourselves the deeper questions: why? Why I am not happy? What’s blocking me from happiness? And what concrete step can I take to gently push against my unhappiness so I can grow, change, find deeper fulfillment and purpose in my life?
It would seem natural that the God of Love who created us, the One who is our Source of Wholeness, desires for us to be happy. Just like a parent who enjoys watching their children thrive, it must please the Creator to see us, his children, happy. Delighted.
And if we step back from time-to-time and ponder the question, am I happy, we might be surprised by the answer. The question has an energy of its own that invites us to deeper wisdom about ourselves, the world, and the One who created, shapes, and forms us day-by-day.
Am I happy?
Does my answer invite me toward gratitude or growth?
Or perhaps both?