Have you ever asked yourself WHY you want to be happy? Assuming, that is, that you do. Yes, there is that 'feel good' effect created by the 'just right' cocktail of Dopamine, Oxytocin, Endorphin, Serotonin, GABA's, Adrenaline and Endocannabioids (and whatever others I may have missed). Any or all of those flushing through your system, in whatever combination, is a clearly a nice thing. It feels good. Ok. But why?
In this time of change, challenge and turmoil, I sometimes notice resentment about it expressed both around me and within me. As the world groans under our weight and we with her, I hear this idea: that we have been or are being treated unfairly in one way or another.
There’s resentment from those that ‘have not’ (yet) obtained western middle class access to possessions, services or property. It’s the feeling of ‘why do they and I don’t’? And it elicits a feeling of entitlement that, sadly, poses a deadly threat to our planet.
When you look around our world today it's almost easy to believe that our happiness and fulfillment will arrive in the package with our latest gadget, tossed into the bag along with the purchase receipt or maybe it'll just magically appear when finally we just wear those new shoes.
At least I'd say there is an undeniable attempt out there to make us believe that our happiness somehow correlates with - stuff.