“What does happiness taste like”
“We hold that these truths are self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights, which among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
“Thus reads the Constitution of the United States of America, which already two centuries ago placed happiness as the cornerstone of a just society.
The deeper meaning of the coveted state of mind has infinite facets: this is why it must be sought by each individual within their own being.
There is no recipe or manual that guarantees its achievement. The only way to fully understand its concept is to know yourself, know your limits and know how to accept them, without constantly wanting to test yourself.
The Polish philosopher Zygmunt Bauman states that: “… to live the art of life we have to set ourselves difficult challenges … choose goals far beyond our reach, and standards of excellence that are irritating for their stubborn way of being far beyond what we have been able to do or that we would have the ability to do. And we can only know that sooner or later we will be able to match those standards and achieve those goals, thus proving ourselves up to the challenge. ” Don’t be fooled. Remember that whoever lives on hope dies of hope. We must certainly not be satisfied with the bare essentials, but on the contrary fight for what we want, setting ourselves however achievable goals, suited to our abilities.
The crucial question, however, is not so much how, but what.
What is what lies at the heart of our relentless research? What is certain is that the concept of happiness can take on countless shades. It is often synonymous with freedom.
When an individual does not have the possibility to express himself, to act without being subject to the authority or domination of others, he lives in a state of oppression. The only desire is to repossess himself of his innate freedom and only with the achievement of it does he achieve happiness.
A much discussed topic is money. “Money does not make happiness”, of course, but it certainly helps to a large extent to achieve it.
Journalists Mauro Maggioni and Michele Pellizzari affirm in the newspaper “La Stampa” that: “… Despite the many fluctuations, the average satisfaction reported by Europeans was, in 1992, practically at the same level as 20 years earlier, in the face of a considerable increase in per capita income in the same period … “
The first doubt that arises is the veracity of the data: everyone expresses their happiness in relation to their personal parameter, which usually coincides with the achievement or not of their goals.
If expectations change, the level of achievement of that feeling changes. Thus one wonders if money and economic power lead to the mood discussed, in a society in which brands and logos identify the role and social position of the individual consumer. It is easy to say that happiness is not bought with money, but people who struggle to buy bread to live, who work every day to support a family, will they think so? And if we try to look at the situation from the opposite side, we also find cases in which wealthy people take a hypocritical attitude, arguing that happiness does not come from money, while living in unbridled luxury, without missing anything.
Another aspect of happiness is interpersonal relationships.
Man by nature needs his neighbor. He is naturally inclined to bond with a figure who supports him physically and psychologically, who constitutes his point of reference for him. But what satisfies him most is to be reciprocated with the same coin: to feel himself unique and important to someone, to be loved in his strengths and weaknesses, with all the strength with which he loves his neighbor.
Happiness is in fact a condition of balance between what others ask of us and the realization of our aspirations. What matters most is that everyone realizes himself, cultivates his passions, identifies those peculiarities and talents that distinguish him from others, making him a unique and unrepeatable individual.
The task of a just society is therefore to create the conditions for each individual to have the opportunity to know and become himself, just as Art. 3 of the Italian Constitution: “… It is the task of the Republic to remove the obstacles of an economic and social nature which, by limiting the freedom and equality of citizens, prevent the full development of the human person and the effective participation of all workers to the political, economic and social organization of the country. “
Give up: happiness pursued everywhere, escapes more and more. Ariosto in Orlando Furioso argued that the search for the object of desire leads to madness, and this also applies to this feeling. Searching for him often leads us to frustration, depression and dissatisfaction with failure.
Man must therefore turn away from the pursuit of happiness and focus instead on those little pleasures, those little joys that fill the soul with serenity, gratification and satisfaction.