happ(i)ness surrounds us 

happiness is not complicated or hard, and everyone has a solid understanding of it ... but there is a lot going on in our lives that tries to make happiness complicated and almost out of reach.

  1. healthy people find more happiness than those who are sick or unhealthy
  2. people who learn, create, teach, grow are happier than those who are bored
  3. people who are closely connected to others find happiness more than lonely people
  4. people who are "good", who have a relationship with a higher power are happier than those who are bad, who lie, cheat, steal ...

all of the items above are obvious, and yet we don't actively pursue them each day ... why?

the happiness paradox

there are some interesting paradoxes that exist when we look more closely at happiness. happy (with a "y") is very different than happiness (with an "i").  happy is important and happy things are fun - but they tend to be short in duration.  happiness is deeper, longer and many times more meaningful events and actions in our lives.