I came across a quote the other week that explains happiness in a profound way:
Happiness does not come from a state, but from a change of state. That it is so is illustrated by the total failure of every writer to describe a satisfactory paradise, whether in heaven or on earth. The tedium of eternity has almost become a joke, and the description of the earthly utopias are no better. Most of them fail to recognize that the human mind cannot hold any emotion for long at an even intensity, but that it always degenerates into something much more tepid… But it is not simply a change of state that makes for happiness; there must be something unexpected about it.
Charles G. Darwin (Darwin’s son)
In short, happiness only comes from change, from juxtaposition. There is no final destination that will provide infinite bliss — we will ALWAYS get bored and yearn for something more.
This is either depressing or extremely riveting depending on how you look at it. I see this condition as what keeps humanity pushing on to new heights! Our insatiable thirst for that which is new makes life awesome. A new experience always on the horizon. The proverbial game of hard to get. Satisfaction is a saucy mistress and I look forward to pursuing her for the rest of eternity :)
How about you?