How Many “Keys” Does It Take To Really Be Happy?

Over 3000 years ago the term happy was not utilized even remotely as it is today.  Volume upon volume of self-help books are available for purchase world wide that promise to provide the true key and often keys to true happiness.  Happiness nor the key(s) to it can be found through acquiring wealth, health, power, or any material item at least not in a positive sense.  Thieves are happy when they steal from other and often have no regret for taking from others.  Murders are often happy about taking the life of an innocent bystander who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Children are often happy when they can get whatever they want from a parent.  Adults are happy when others give them exactly what they ask for as well.   So how can an exact definition and guide be given to everyone to achieve happiness when it seem as if when one person is happy it is at the expense and often hurt of someone else?

Back to my opening sentence regarding happiness thousands of years ago.  Happiness was not determined by the situation nor who was getting their needs met or not getting their needs met.  Happiness was determined by the peace of mind of knowing the path that one was traveling was correct.  Each traveler had to possess a degree of confidence not only in the path chosen but also in the one leading them on their journey.  Happiness also required each traveler to have an idea of what is at the end of their journey’s path as they are lead by a trustworthy guide.  Once the travel or journey starts, it may have moments of tears, heartache, tiredness, frustration, hunger, loneliness, sickness and who knows what else.  The happiness is the fulfillment of knowing that regardless of what happens along the way, there is a inner knowledge and peace about why you are traveling, who is leading the journey and knowing the end of the journey is filled with the satisfaction of completion.

So how many keys are there to happiness?


4 Responses

  1. Love this. The ability to stand and stare, to observe when one is happy and note it, is key here, I think.

    • Thank you kateshrewsday
      great reply

  2. Great blog dad!

    • Hello Marcus,

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