What is Happiness? Can you create your own happiness? What are life’s ambitions? What does it mean to live a fulfilled life? Is happiness creating happiness for others? What does it mean to love someone? What does it all mean?

It’s always when I’m at my lowest that I realize how truly happy I am.
No one is happy all the time. Happiness is a state of mind that you can control. As we grow, do we forget what it takes to be happy or does it just get more difficult as we discover the world’s horrors we are so ignorant of as children?

I think the happiest people are the ones who recognize that creativity is the key. You have to be creative in the world or you become a slave to it. Creativity is not to be confused with artistic talent. Creativity is a way of seeing the world in different ways. There are millions of ways to do this. Curiosity is the second part of being happy, you must want to learn new things or you’re doomed. The need to go exploring, learn, and experience new things is essential.

I make sure I create one new thing every day. The simple act of drawing, painting, photography, even writing down your thoughts, creating something from nothing is the idea. I’m not saying that you have to be an all-powerful talented artist. Hell, I’m not. However, being able to break free of everything you’re plugged into and create something special and unique. It’s a sort of freedom that is essential to living a fulfilling life. Creativity is taking control over your own life, it’s the first step towards a happier life and not living according to other people’s notions of how life should be lived.

Love is sacrifice. When you feel strongly about someone you make sacrifices for them. It can be as simple as going to see a movie you might not enjoy because they want to see it or as complex as choosing whom to spend time with. And these are not things you feel obligated to do, but want to do. Your love is so powerful that their happiness supersedes your own. It’s when you can be happier doing what they love to do rather than what you love. When you boil it down, love is just a bunch of choices. Love is living a selfless life with someone who feels and acts similarly, and enjoying every minute of it.

What does it all mean? A question scares some while others embrace.
Everything happens for a reason. It’s a statement that people say to justify the world’s cruelty and empty rationalizations for unfortunate events. Things do happen for a reason, but the reasons are not meaningful, not preordained, nor part of any plan. They are just the cause to an effect wherein that effect becomes a cause for something else. The proverbial domino effect. How many factors throughout history got us to where we are right now?

We might never know answers to many of life’s mysteries. But one thing we do know is we have a life to enjoy right now. And figuring out how to maximize the enjoyment of this one life we have will always be a top priority.