There’s no doubt we feel better when we are happier. We smile more, we’re healthier, we live longer, we have a lower risk of anxiety or depression and the world seems a less frightening place.
But happiness on its own isn’t the whole story of what creates a good life. There are so many other emotions available to us that add richness to our experiences because they are all a valuable source of data, helping us to make better sense of what’s happening.
Does nurturing happiness matter?
Yes, but as Sydney J Harris said, “happiness is a direction, not a place.”
Which is why chasing happiness is an illusion. It’s the positive actions we take, big and small that create greater happiness in our life.
And it’s the anticipation of a special event that makes us especially happy.