That Moral Obligation We Call Happiness: Never a Pursuit

It is common to hear people pursue happiness. Many times we read that there is a never-ending pursuit of happiness in every human being. It is as if the state of happiness is some kind of a wild animal with which the human person either needs the skill to be quick enough to catch it or be wise enough to make a snare good enough to get hold of it.

Come to think of it, if a person is pursuing happiness in his mind, wouldn’t he always find himself in a never-ending chase for happiness? Should that really be the case when happiness is something that every human person, with his God-given skills, has the capacity to create and design?

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A state of mind

Happiness, more than a subject of a never-ending pursuit, is a state of mind that the human person can always have if he so directs his mind to have it. Moreover, with man’s ability to decide for himself, happiness is, at the end of the day, a matter of choice. And what is even more surprising, for me, is to learn that happiness is not just a state of emotion, but as a matter of fact, a moral obligation that man should share proactively with those around him.

If this is the first time that you have heard of this blog’s title, you might say that sadness is such a sin that every person is obliged to be happy even when present conditions do not seem to warrant such a response. No, sorrowful moments come to our lives from time to time such as on instances when we fail in a particular undertaking; when our expectations are not met; or when we lose a loved one.

It is normal to weep

Grief comes to a person’s life. It is a fact of life. However, if there is something in life that we have to master, it is our emotions. It should not be the other way around. Weep if you must. Even Jesus wept for his friend Lazarus. But the desire to rise from the ashes must always be there.

It is understandable to grieve for a certain period of time. But when that grief becomes prolonged to the extent that we become miserable and we begin to diffuse our misery on other people, we poison their lives in the process. A parent who ventilates his anger on his children for having been reprimanded at work demoralizes them. Likewise, an employee who rants at his officemates for the marital problems he had with his spouse radiates an atmosphere of discomfort among his peers.

A negative mental attitude can surely destroy everything. It can ruin reputations. It can break relationships. It can diminish a person’s desire to live his life to the fullest.

Keep the fire burning

And for this reason, we must always pay attention to our thoughts. More importantly, we must never cease seeking positive motivation at every opportunity. We must keep adding fuel to the furnace if we want it to continue giving us heat. We must be proactive in guarding our minds. Otherwise, those mental thoughts that bring us down will come in quickly.

Happiness is a moral obligation insofar as we need to keep on encouraging one another. We must actively lighten each other’s burdens in life. We must add value to one another. We must make it a part of our goal in life to uplift the life of one another. We must love one another.

Instead of pursuing happiness, let us bear in mind that we can create it.

It may never be easy to keep a happy disposition in life at all times but it is very much possible. As human beings, we have been bestowed the gift to be co-creators. Let us create a happy environment. Let us partake in our God-given mission to spread happiness among ourselves so that His name will all the more be glorified.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

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