We cannot obtain happiness; we can only be happy. Seth Chernoff
During this season, we commonly wish each other “happy holidays” or some version thereof. However, how often do we reflect on what it means to be deeply happy or contented?
I have found a lot of wisdom contained in Seth Chernoff’s Manual for Living: Reality. Today, I’d like to relate what I regard as the essence of some of Mr. Chernoff’s key statements about the nature of true happiness. I agree with his contentions.
Although one can experience fleeting moments or feelings of happiness, genuine, sustainable happiness requires the fulfillment of our essential being, our soul. Thus, true happiness must occur from the inside out, existing independently of external circumstances.
Implicitly, consistent happiness involves acquiring inner peace and an overall sense of well-being, which is not easily attained. Viable, wise moment-to-moment choices and decisions, as well as following one’s inner guidance toward self-realization are prime components of finding fulfillment.
Our honest, subjective sense of happiness provides a vital gauge of our ability to live fully each moment, regardless of the length of our lives.
True and lasting happiness is the end result of a life of ongoing service, passion and fulfillment. Seth Chernoff
In addition to wishing each of you greetings and much joy this holiday season, I strongly encourage you to rigorously assess your current state of happiness, and to consider how you might proceed to enhance it.
Reference: Chernoff, S.D. Manual for Living: Reality. Boulder, CO: Spirit Scope Publishing, 2011. pp. 200 – 205.