“Are you happy?”

“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” ― Leo Rosten

 

Thirty minutes ago marked the end of UN’s international happiness day.

That’s sort of the issue though, isn’t it? We have dates to celebrate things (people, occasions), because we don’t think about it for the rest of the 364 days of the year. And when the day’s over, we go on, as we were.

 

At first, I thought, Didn’t the UN have anything better to do than to make a day to remind people to try to be happy?

 

It’s almost like strangers on campus giving ‘free hugs’ (thank you, but no, thank you) to solve your problems. It doesn’t, really. But after reading this article [http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/international-happiness-day-global-issue (very good read, by the way)], it does sound like more of an initiative to raise awareness for why we’re unhappy, and to start the discussion for change. I especially liked this: “Surely a good human life does not have to be an intensive and materialistic life?”

 

We want so many things. We’re so ambitious. We’re encouraged to be like that.

To make connections. To earn (money? title? respect?). To climb ladders.

To be better. Not to make things better, but to make ourselves better.

And for what?  (A car, a house, a title, an award, an applause?)

 

Will we change? Will change make us happy?

I’m not sure that it would.

 

Can we put the welfare of others before our own?

Can we end greed?

Can we sacrifice our own happiness for that of another?

Can we be kind when they least deserve it?

Can we love as we should?

 

Yes, there’s the need for shift in thinking for political and economical and social change.

 

But maybe the change needs to start on a smaller scale.

A change of mind.

 

And a change of mind stems from

A change of heart.

(It’s smaller, but it’s harder. But it is within your control.)

 

 

Lastly.

Can we be as God intended us to be?

It’s the change when you realize you’re not  in control. And you give the control to God, and realize the only change you can make – and the only good you can do – is through Him.

 

Maybe it’s the realization that we’re human.

To come to the end of ourselves and to look up.

For forgiveness. For grace. For mercy.

 

Humility.

 

Maybe that. Happy Humility Day.

But no, let’s not make it a day. It’s a character.

And I hope it’s there for the remaining 364 days, too.

 

– ITL