17 . Happiness. It's for when?

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Is happiness a sort of blissful state of mind or just a kind of surreal propensity? It may be hard to recognize its very nature, if we remain guilelessly confined in a state of woeful unawareness or in a no-man's-land of emotions. In their dogged and obstinate quest for the zenith of happiness, many forget to take pleasure in the small things of everyday and, thus, become disgruntled and depressed instead, which leads them to a mire of gloom.

Some can't help faking happiness on account of social pressure. Happiness can be viewed as a social duty and sadness is socially not acceptable.

Some feel lucky if they haven't got to be happy, as they don't like their frame of mind to be unraveled and prefer to be left well enough alone.

Some may be happy but just don't realize it. They only sense the vibrations of happiness and the feel of harmony only after time has passed by and everything has expired. Many want to blame themselves for not finding the threshold of well being since they simply haven't learned to be nice to themselves and to enjoy the privileged twinkling of life.

In his "Soldier's Tale" Igor Stravinsky gives us his intriguing, paradoxical explanation: "Happiness that 'was not' and that "is not any longer'' ." " Happiness is happiness. We must learn to appreciate what life gives us and enjoy every little happy moment."

His literary friend  Cockteau rather keeps a low profile: one needs the talent to be happy: "Happiness requires talent; misfortune none."

His visual art companion Picasso needs variation to be happy in life: "no chance, but change". He is surely right, in a way. For happiness, we need to invest in time, energy and creativity.

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