HOW TO BE HAPPY

How to be happy

If someone asked me “How to be happy?” I wouldn’t be able to give an answer.

I think that, except for some short moments, happiness doesn’t actually exist.

We are living in a society built on ephemeral values, where competition has utterly replaced cooperation and sharing. Happiness most of time is shown as the possibility to buy and own whatever you want, to have a family, a house, get a job and make a career.

Albeit having a family can be a good thing, I think that the other achievements above mentioned represent nothing else than different masks worn by a sick humankind.

We need to work, sometimes as slaves, just to pay the price that someone has given to our life.

In an economic system built on profit and selfishness, the pursuit of happiness is seen as a barrier to growth and development.

Overwhelmed by shallow thoughts, people don’t care about the real meaning of happiness, hence, they easily give up on looking beyond their boundaries.

As a consequence, it is believed that happiness can only be achieved through the goals that the society considers as fundamental.

Sometimes we lose ourselves chasing something much bigger than us, and we don’t realize that happiness can be inside small things, such as a smile, a stroll, or just standing still, listening to the flow of a stream, enjoying the sunrise or the colours of the dusk.

Camus said “Happiness and the absurd are two sons of the same earth. They are inseparable.”

Happiness is a state of mind and any deeper meaning is just an illusion, unless we decide to look beyond the fences of our mind and to think about another society.

As far as I am concerned, although I am aware that happiness is impossible to achieve, I haven’t given up pursuing it, even walking through unknown footpaths. I don’t know how to be happy, because I have many doubts about the future, about our way of living and the wisdom of humankind.

What I can do is follow my dreams, improving myself, trying to involve others in a change, trying to surround myself by positive people, hoping that something can change, in order to live in a better world.

Happiness is a path, not an achievement and if we really want to be happy, we have to walk slowly, following our dreams, looking around us, and always wondering ourselves what we really need to be happy.

FRANCESCO PISTILLO

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