THE DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS

A Short Poem By Alexa Brantley

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July 16, 2020

The achilles heel in the pursuit of happiness We define We use numbers, data, statistics We define our worth And that's our downfall

Everything known in the universe is defined Is definite Its assigned value, purpose, a role Its ranked

The definition of happiness. A state of well-being and contentment. A pleasurable or satisfying experience. Our definition of happiness stops us from truly being happy.

Each person’s personal dictionary defines everything differently. The same definition with different meanings for every individual. Our subconscious self defines what something truly means to us, and what it truly looks like in our lives. This defining leads to pain when we can’t reach the standard our rationale dictates.

We rank ourselves based on our definitions. If your definition of happiness is success can you truly be happy before you achieve success? Are you confined to sadness until you reach the peak? If you never succeed will you ever be happy? Our definitions force us to feel lacking no matter how much work we do.

"Our subconscious self defines what something truly means to us, and what it truly looks like in our lives. This defining leads to pain when we can’t reach the standard our rationale dictates."

The definition of happiness is seen as a goal, something you can reach. However, joy is water, it's not the destination, it is the journey. “Happiness is not something that you have to achieve, you can still feel happy during the process of achieving something.” -Kim Namjoon. Happiness is a feeling and feelings fluctuate and change. When we define happiness as a goal, we lose the fact that happiness is intertwined into our lives.

When did we define feeling happy and happiness as two different things? When did the meanings shift? Feeling happy is seen as temporary and normal, but happiness seems unattainable and stable once you reach it. When did “happy” split into two sides, a feeling and a goal?

"When did 'happy' split into two sides, a feeling and a goal?"