Family happiness is universally considered to be one of the most influential underpinnings of spiritual happiness. During this year’s festive season, I hope you are surrounded by the people you love, and whom love you back, unconditionally.
Happiness is sharing our journey with friends, whom enrich our lives in more ways than we care to admit. Let us be grateful to the friends that make our hearts sing and impart us with the knowledge that we are safe to be exactly who we are.
Happiness is hitting pause to reminisce those moments that meant the most to us. In a year that presented challenges aplenty, I certainly held onto my moments, and the people that have occupied a space and time that once filled me with hope.
Happiness is delving into the world of others. I came across an enlightening read this year – Joshua Wolf Shenk’s Powers of Two – which aptly highlighted the powers of creative pairs. In a world of self-idolisation, let us not forget the Paul McCartneys behind the John Lennons and the Ulays behind the Marina Abramovics. No man is an island, and the concept of lone geniuses unnecessarily diminishes the blood, sweat and tears of the unwavering other.
Happiness is sharing the simple pleasures in life. A burden shared is at a times a burden halved, and a joy shared is most definitely a joy doubled.
Happiness is finding solace in solitude and learning to appreciate that time to oneself is just as nourishing to the soul. Whilst there is arguably nothing worse than feeling lonely in a crowd, feeling comfortable in our own skin and making peace with solitude can truly be one of the most rewarding discoveries.
7. All in the pursuit
Too often has the pursuit of happiness been misunderstood. For far too long have we placed the emphasis on Happiness, yet all the while relegating the Pursuit to a consolatory afterthought. As a new year dawns, let us embrace the Pursuit, of everything that is important and of everything upon which our Happiness depends.