Originally Posted by jaydub69
Yes I agree. However I would be careful to say this so bluntly. There are many of us who don't or have not understood why this is. To such people it may contribute to feeling of sadness or inadequacy. To be empathetic to such individuals will demonstrate your own happiness.
Very, very true. My post was blunt to the point of flippancy as it stands. What it largely suggests is that those that look to external circumstances to find happiness are destined to be thwarted and frustrated. This applies to not only material things, but also to relationships, careers, etc. Certain circumstances might make happiness easier or more difficult to attain, but happiness itself is more about the headspace of the individual.
It is also noteworthy that happiness is typically a rather ephemeral experience, and people should remind themselves of that when they are unhappy. And empathy and compassion are much more profound emotions and outlooks.
Signed, one of the empathetic, if occasionally glib curmudgeons of the gear page.