Happiness is sensing pleasure. If you sense pleasure you are happy though the intensity of the pleasure of course varies depending on what you are doing.
It may seem that happiness and money are joined and the more money you have the happier you are.
It has been shown that above the poverty line humans with more money have about the same amount of happiness.
What is certain is that not having money decreases our happiness and decreases our ability to function independently in society and this causes an increase in unpleasant stress.
It is true that there is a large difference in what we think will give us happiness and actually feeling happy when we get it.
Whatever you think will make you happy gives temporary short duration pleasure which usually remains not more than a few seconds a few days or a time between the two.
Then we get back to our average daily habits of being happy.
The reason that it is difficult to judge how happy humans are in life is because thinking about whether one is happy or not and communicating it is frequently much different than the factual real amount of happiness in a human’s life.
Extreme or very intense happiness or ecstasy is usually transient in average humans and is frequently present with orgasm and drug highs.
No one should plan to live their lives in ecstasy 100% of the time because it is very unhealthy and can frequently lead to terrible health and even death.
There is also the happiness of creative work which is experienced by skilled creative professionals who are in a circumstance of mostly impulsive creativity that is almost like an outer body experience.
Skilled composers of music and artists and impromptu speakers and inventors are examples of humans who find largely impulsive happiness in their creative effort.
It also seems to be a fact that the more choices which you have in life the more stressful it becomes and your happiness in choosing some action decreases.
It also seems that people purchasing or getting an object produces more happiness than being in a position of being able to exchange that object for a different one if not satisfied with the original choice.
It is also a fact that remembering an intense moment of happiness will remain with you longer in memory than a series of low intensity happy moments.
Based on all this objective knowledge about happiness it is wrong to think that humans should have an absolute right to the pursuit of happiness and that this wrong concept should be codified in a written constitution.
Pursuing the greatest pleasure or happiness would be the hedonistic pursuit of sexual orgasm and an unrestricted use of legal and illegal mind changing drugs.
The unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness should be changed to more realistic goals as those outlined in my book NEW CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.
Over 50 percent of those leading happy lives are genetically born to be happier than others.
You inherited the happy genes from your parents and you also learned many happy tricks from their happy lifestyles and the happy lifestyles of role models.
You can help to exclude sources of unhappiness but you can’t easily create happiness in humans by only communicating with them and making suggestions.
If you are born unhealthy and with a poor memory and unhappy parents and an unattractive body such as being overly fat then your battle to be happy and maintain happiness will be more difficult.
It is much easier to create happiness in humans by asking them to imitate happy role models and it must be highly volitional.
It should be obvious that teaching young offspring to be happier is much easier than teaching grown adults living in their difficult to change bad unhappy habits which don’t cause much happiness.
Matt Killingsworth has done a study on happiness and has found that if you want to be happy you should function in the present activity.
This basically means that if you are pursuing a purposeful activity you are happier than if you are doing nothing or nothing of importance.
He has uncovered that no matter what you are doing your mind wanders and that it wanders about 30% of the time no matter what you are doing.
Mind wandering is a cause of unhappiness but unhappiness is not the cause of mind wandering. When you are unhappy your mind may be wondering but wondering does not cause unhappiness.
There is no paradox in thinking about happiness if you are not brainwashed by the mythological concepts of happiness in literature.
The old concepts about happiness are illogical constructs which should die a fast death.
Biological reality has no paradoxes!
Dreaming or thinking about making much money or having a great job or being very successful is not a source of happiness.
It is working purposefully at your job that causes moments of happiness and correspondingly moments of unhappiness.
The truth shall set you free of all historical paradoxes!!!
Throw that literary historical crap into the garbage and recycle it into truly useful logical knowledge about the world on the internet.
Throw out that crappy emotional mythological literature in the book stores and that literary crap coming out in future publications!!!
It is all making almost everyone terribly unhappy.
Start trashing that emotional irrational literary crap in our public schools too.
The new generation does not want to be made very unhappy by reading it!!!
The verbosity with which it is done and the few useful facts which are presented should be called criminal behavior and many should be thrown in jail so they no longer have the right to brainwash the gullible public.
Dreaming or thinking about how great your future will be if only you get lucky and worshiping celebrities and their products which are consumed by the gullible star struck public will not make you happier or more successful in life!!!!!!
What should you start to read if anything?
Try reading some of my evergreen blogs and any of my evergreen books on my website and especially the book COMMON SENSE.