Good happiness is not quite the opposite of Bad happiness, although good and bad are perfect opposites. Bad happiness should be seen as a cyclical emotion that is restarted when a primary goal has been reached, but does not strive for an ultimate level of content satisfaction. Good happiness is not attained from outward actions and rewards, but rather is found when inherent wants are satisfied by actions and thoughts. It is an inherent need to fit in to the surroundings around us, and that should be the only goal of true happiness.
Good happiness is had once the human puts a global perspective forth. Instead of living in a small bubble of non-correlation, if a person truly believes that every action that they have impacts the world around them, then slowly they will be able to live their beliefs and impact those around them with the positivity that “good” happiness brings.
Humans are 99.9% similar in genetic makeup, and if in direct contact with another, traits can be easily spread. The impact that one person with “good” happiness has can be exponentially spread amongst those that contact them if that one good person is articulate and forthright and always lets the other side of communication know that they truly care about their well being.
This is where the golden rule is most importantly put into practice. Treat another person like you want to be treated. If this golden rule were always at the forefront of thoughts when communication is open, then the whole world would be a greatly better place. This golden rule can be applied to anything in the world, including trees, animals and more. With a more global perspective and practice of the golden rule, the world would slowly work to cure it illnesses and start a forward moving society that is always looking to correct wrongs, rather than just feed itself and strive to compete for success.
“Good” happiness comes from within. Where does “within” come from? I suppose that it comes from the environment in which a person was raised, and that through habit and practice, people learn to know at varying degrees what is right and wrong. I think that it goes deeper than that however, and people also learn from one another what thoughts result in good actions and what thoughts result in bad actions and learn to suppress the bad as much as possible and try to articulate the good as much as possible. Because of this, it makes it clear that all humans are, in fact, striving to do “good”, whether or not they actually can do “good” is a different story.
Sometimes society mistakenly suppresses what’s good. An example of this happening is when a person is trying to express themselves and talk about important metaphysical matters, but since they may not be eloquent enough to do so, they get a response from those around them saying “Oh, that’s too deep for me”. Maybe you’ve heard that before yourself.
Reactions like this to a person offering an attempt to express themselves serves as a roadblock to articulation, which is an important aspect of personal development. The more an issue is suppressed, the smaller the bubble of life becomes around a person and the thinner the perspective and awareness becomes.
Another problem in suppression is that sometimes, a person starts to lose sight of how their thoughts can impact those around them and also through bad response, can begin to think one thing is good when it is actually not. “Good” happiness is everlasting. This can only come through by having a peace of mind to know that things will change no matter what, yet nothing will change within themselves unless they truly want it to change.
We, as a species, just like every other species, cannot control everything that happens around us, but what we can do, is control our thoughts. If we can all set our goals during everyday life to just being “good” happy and helping those around us, good happiness will spread like wild fire and make the whole world much better and non cyclical in both action and thought.
History does not have to repeat itself. Forward moving progress and improvement should be the goal of every person on this planet. If each person wakes up and goes to sleep with the simple goal of self-improvement towards the common good, the world will improve faster than anyone would expect.