Thoughtful Thursday: Happy 4th of July

I had a fantastic 4th of July up in New Hampshire with my family. I swam in a lake, chased around little kids and babies, kayaked, ate good food, talked, made a friend, and luckily for you took many pictures. Now I am listening to the distant boom of fireworks from the neighborhood.

As I close up the day, I am starting to think about happiness. What does it mean to be happy? Is there are recipe for happiness? Does it come from external sources or can it only come from within yourself and how you approach the world? Happiness as  a philosophical idea is something I haven’t looked into that deeply. Sure you have your instant gratification; eating food, kissing, buying that brand new hat, and other such physical things. Was I happy today because I was wearing my new bikini? Yes. Was I happy because the cool water felt good and the steak I ate was flavorful and juicy? Yes. But you know.. Long term happiness is difficult to put my finger on. But I can say one thing, I know I will be generally happy for the long term because I was happy today. I was happy not just because of all the instantly gratifying things I experienced but because of the family which was around me. The little ones, my cousin who’s like a sister to me, my aunts, my parents, and a new friend my age were all reason to be happy. It was an exceptionally excellent day.

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