Friday, July 5, 2013

Are We Trying to Catch Happiness?

Maybe happiness isn't caught as much as it's brought. Meaning what?

In our lives it appears there are two kinds of happiness:

(1) Caught Happiness?
We see it and we want it. It's easy to find, simply because we can "touch" it. This kind of happiness is instant and can feel overwhelming caused directly by the activity itself. It seems to last for brief intense moments and then "disappears". Sometimes it is competitive in nature. Here might be some examples:
  • Riding a rollercoaster
  • Watching fireworks
  • Eating a hamburger
  • Winning a contest
  • Falling in love
(2) Brought Happiness?
We do not naturally see it, and sometimes we even think we don't want it. It takes effort to find, simply because the effects are seemingly invisible. This kind of happiness comes to us gradually as a consequence of something we did. It seems to last longer and grows. Often it's something we do together. Here might be some examples:
  • Serving others
  • Sharing feelings
  • Reading inspired literature
  • Creating something
  • Being in love
In trying to "catch" happiness we might miss the mark. In my experience, the first kind of happiness is sweeter if I include other people in it and turn them into memories. Is the greatest happiness caught by us or is it brought to us? Maybe it's just a wordplay, but it might be worth a thought..? What do you think?

Today I'm adding my own father, Dirk Cornelis Top, to my list of great people. Why? Because he has lived his life in the second category, and whenever he spent time in the first he only did it for us.

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