HAPPINESS: WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO WE FIND IT?

 CatSilouetteHAPPINESS: SEARCHING FOR AN ELUSIVE ANIMAL         

 Since the beginning of human awareness, homo sapiens across the globe have gone to the ends of the earth and back in search of the Holiest of Grails: happiness.  We’ve pursued or pined for anything and everything from fame, money, sex, and love to experimenting with a  exotic substances, conquering those weaker than ourselves, collecting or hoarding buildings, property, food, businesses, friends, snow globes, lovers and tchotchkes. Indeed there are many things in life that bring us momentary joy, entertainment, good cheer and good feelings, but what, if anything, can seriously make us happy?

             Lots of folks have offered a wide variety of thoughts, feelings and ideas on the subject and for as many speculations as to origin, cause and meaning of happiness, there are just as many theories focused on what happiness is not. Here is a small niblet of recent scientific findings: