I think most people would agree that we are responsible for our own happiness. Not our parents, bosses, children, and certainly not government. The agency is us.
But has anyone told you how to go about finding that happiness? As far as I know there is no class on Happiness 101, no formula prescribing A + B = C. And even there were one, I would be skeptical about it. If only it were that easy.
Hence the question – how does one find happiness?
If I were to take a stab at that question, I would say we find happiness by looking at our negative emotions. Why? Because life is a good teacher on challenging us. And we get plenty opportunities to be schooled on our negative emotions than the positive ones.
The operative word is “schooled.” In the true spirit of the word we learn more about ourselves from our negative emotions. In other words, we become proficient in eliminating whatever the obstacles to our happiness.
Perhaps best exemplified by none other than Abraham Lincoln.
What is your thought on the path to finding happiness?