A colleague brought the topic of happiness to the table during lunch.
The newspaper stated that morning that 9 out of 10 Dutch people feel happy.
There were exactly 10 of us in the canteen, so she quickly concluded that one of us is unhappy.
We did an around the table.
Everyone confirmed their happiness.
My kids make me happy. (is that why you send them to the baby day care?)
My partner makes me happy (is that why you accept every meeting which is held abroad?)
My job makes me happy (you mean, the fact that you can pay your bills at the end of the month?)
This is exactly the kind of fakeness which gives me cramps.
I don’t believe them.
Why is it such a taboo to say that you might not feel happy?
When it was my turn, I said “I can’t really say. Happiness is a snapshot”.
Truth is, I am not where I would like to be in my life.
So do I feel this sense of complete satisfaction?
For now, it is probably the best I can do.
Once I gain my work and life experience, I will be able to take the next steps.
Most people might say that they are happy in general, but on a day to day basis this might not be the case.
For me, it’s the other way around.
My life has been crappy enough to say that my past hunts me and therefore I am NOT happy.
But, on a day to day basis, small things can me really happy.
A good song on the radio. Seeing a pug. A smile of appreciation from a colleague. A hug from my loved one. Good diner while watching Netflix. A walk on the beach. Hitting 1K subscribers on my blog 😉
What about you?
Do you feel happy in general and sometimes sad on a day to day basis?
Or, like me, unhappy in general, but happy on a day to day basis?