The Pursuit of Happiness


Or at least the pursuit thereof. So many times we are looking for the very thing that we do not have; instead of being content in the state that we are in. Yeah, I know, easier said than done. We even search for and make attempts to seek happiness for our children; wanting to provide more for them than what we had. So, let us see what we are really looking for. If you are willing to take this journey with me, know that I am no expert, nor do I have it “all together”. Actually, I am like you, in pursuit of my own happiness. Perhaps we can work this thing out together and grow with one another.

There are several theories of happiness established to identify a qualitative value of how we can measure this mental state of well-being. Now if they could just put it in a pill, perfume bottle, or soap dispenser, then we would be well on our way to the cure for unhappiness. But I am pretty sure the cure for the common cold will be discovered first.

Let us tackle this thing for all that it’s worth, or at least seems to be the thing that greets us every day on our to do list and the same thing we resolve year in and year out.

Definition –

Happiness (noun) is the quality or state of being happy. To be happy is an adjective (a modifier of a noun and not able to stand alone) meaning to be delighted, pleased, or glad as over a particular thing. Let me take you another further: happenings (verb) to befall, as to a person or thing; hap (noun) is an occurrence.

Why you ask did we go thru this grammar lesson? Again, bear with me as we navigate thru this labyrinth of our eternal journey; a journey that crosses all barriers of race, gender, language, and personal beliefs.

This leads us to the simple truth that happiness is based on happenings. So often we are trapped in the whirlwind of life that we do not slow down to realize that we have more to be happy about than we actually realize. How many times have you caught yourself saying “I am not happy with ….” It’s usually because of something that has happened. All of a sudden you aren’t happy with your job, yet 6 months ago when you didn’t have a job you weren’t happy with being unemployed either. Now you can substitute the underlined for anything happening in your life.

Are you going to be happy about everything that life has to offer or throws our way? Of course not! But it’s not necessarily what makes you unhappy, it’s how you manage it and move on from it. You want happiness, take the helm of your own destiny. You want more in life, do what it takes to get your happy. Where there’s a will, there’s a way; if you have the will, then you’ll be able to make a way.

To be, or not to be; happy that is, is up to you…


Written and Submitted by Contributing Author: Shanterra Carter-Bruce


One comment on “The Pursuit of Happiness

  1. Good read!!! Whenever you are feeling unhappy go to A Shelter for Women and Children and listen to their stories or stop and have a conversation with a random person. My point is when you think you have it so bad and that you have a reason to be unhappy about something talk to somebody who you “think” has it worse than you and they are probably more happier than you are and probably have more of a reason to have a sad face. Life is too short I would be “mad” if I passed away and my last thoughts where unhappy thoughts.

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