Find a Higher Level of Happiness

Did you know that there is actually a level of happiness, higher than your garden variety happiness, that can be attained by knowing that you are happy, and know why you are happy? Consider this quote from Henry Miller, "It is good to be happy; it's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and know why and how ... and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss."

I like that thought, but reading it made me coin a new term: happiness-squared, or H2 for short. I like that better than bliss. Bliss is such a presumptuous word, don't you think?

Here's the question:  What makes you happy? No, really. Think about it this time. Close your eyes, take two deep breaths and think about what is most imporant in your life because that's where your happiness comes from. Might be children, work, creating, faith, things like that. Not money. Not stuff. If money and stuff are what you think makes you happy, I propose that you aren't really happy.

Here's the challenge: Work hard, create, build, yeah, make money, too. But don't forget where real happiness comes from. Work on attaining some of the H2.