How to Achieve a State of Being Happy
Ten ways of becoming as happy as anyone can possibly hope to become.
1. Never think of the past unless you need to write an autobiography or a police report.
2. Never look a gift horse in the mouth because horses also bite.
3. Never pretend to be someone who doesn’t like you because they might find out.
4. Never trust your best friend if they don’t know that they are your best friend.
5. Never hurt your family since you might wind up without them.
6. Never think that your lies won’t be discovered because even dead bodies leave a trail.
7. Never work to destroy your country for the good of the world since your country just might be a part of the world.
8. Never forget to take your medications as prescribed because the judge won’t ask why you ran the light.
9. Never rush to come in first because the winner might just be the first one out.
10. Never make yourself into someone else’s image because they might smash your mirror
Achieving a state of being happy is like finding the key to language as being more than just a word whose definition is found in the dictionary.
Discussing the use of words to convey more than the designation,one can jump from the word happy to the actual state of being happy.
I went through four years of college to get a bachelor’s in English. What I learned was to look closely at the syntax of a word as it fits into the scheme of understanding.
Also, I began to see the formation of words and their eventual interpretation by people to suit their intents.
For example, the word rose in my native language, Greek, is triantafilo. Literally translated into its syntactical formation it breaks down into trianta and filo. Both of those words in Greek also mean other things. Trianta means thirty and filo means friend. Thirty friend is what you are saying in Greek when you say triantafilo. Amazing how religious writers of the time may or may not have deliberately used the number thirty as Judas’s selling level of Jesus which might cast doubt on how much Judas was actually paid. What is more linguistically interesting is the influx of the symbolism of the rose.
From its Greek word the flower whose beauty is only matched by its thorns developed both symbolic and linguistic meanings simultaneously.
We could consider the marigold, but I don’t like to intrude onto someone’s name.
Learning how to be happy is to understand the state of being happy as a condition rather than a name or just a convenient word, like a dwarf in Snow White.