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A Race to Find Happiness There is something extraordinarily powerful about the euphoria associated with happiness What causes this and where does it come from Some say it has to do with a completeness in ones self a sense of well being and understanding It also comes from living for the present and living for the future from making others happy and from enjoying our enemies misery from being with others and from living in peaceful solitude Different people experience different exhilarating emotions that are played through the acts of living It is from this that we open our eyes to see what is fresh for ones state of happiness or unhappiness colors everything else People who are happy perceive the world as safer make decisions more easily rate job applicants more favorably and report greater satisfaction with their whole lives When your mood is gloomy life as a whole seems depressing Let your mood brighten and suddenly your relationships your self-image and your hopes for the future all seem more promising In John Updikes novel rabbit run Harry Rabbit Angstrom is a man who wants constant change He hasnt found his happiness so he runs away from what he knows as life to something new in hopes that he can find his answer For some people happiness is a walk in the woods a sunny view of a waterfall or some other experience of the tranquility and beauty of unspoiled places Such settings may free us from stress that triggers bad moods or may put us in touch with a place in ourselves that is beyond unhappiness For Rabbit it seems to be women and sexual compatibility and being in control Rabbits passions flowed along the path of lust and sexual fulfillment When he was with Ruth everything seemed to be about being pleased sexually and having it whenever he was in need He thought merely of himself and not of the desires that
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