Do you also feel sometimes that happiness is hopelessly overrated? 'All I want is to be happy', nothing else matters. And so we search and try and take all sorts of desperate measures (like jumping out of planes and getting married) to somehow trap happiness and call it forever ours. Just as looking for true love, the search for happiness becomes like the search for the holy grail. Yet truth is: It doesn't exist. There are happy moments, but constant happiness is merely a Hollywood illusion.
The problem is that the feeling of happiness is a powerful drug and hence it is highly addictive. Again, it's the same with romance: Once you've experienced being in love you want more of it! Once you've felt overwhelmingly happy you end up chasing this feeling as if it was the air you need to stay alive. Human obsession.
I'm tempted now to write an ode to sadness and melancholy but...maybe another time. Instead, I'll ask you a simple question: What makes you happy? Because if you know what you're looking for the chances are much higher of actually finding it...
Over the last 6 weeks I've asked the same question to lots of different people and filmed their answers. The result is a little video which I'm using to promote the re-release of the English ebook of THE LITTLE BUDDHA – more information @ www.thelittlebuddha.net
Here's the video. Enjoy!