Happiness! The new favorite?

Reading time : 2 min.
Translation : Régine Paradis

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in its resolution of July 12, 2012, March 20 the International Day of Happiness. This resolution is the result of an initiative by Bhutan, which since the 1970s has favored the Gross National Happiness (GNH) index over the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) index.

Why having such a day? For the UN, an international day is a way to draw attention to an issue or an essential aspect of human life. Thus, happiness is, along with well-being, one of the two aspirations that are universal in nature and that should be taken into account in political objectives beyond economic paradigms.

That said, what does this have to do with us as individuals? Perhaps we should stop to measure how our happiness is going? Is it a rollercoaster happiness that depends on the presence of external conditions? Is it happiness because it is without misfortune or suffering? Is it happiness without reason?

In order to measure it, it is necessary to formulate a definition because it is often confused with joy (emotion) and pleasure (sensation). The definition is inspired by various authors: [1]

  • Happiness is a natural, neurophysiological state of peace and well-being whose key is our state of mind;
  • Happiness is a specific, measurable physiological state, characterized by left prefrontal cortex activity, heart rate, and distinct body chemistry (oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, endorphin);
  • Happiness is what we do, it is a continuous flow and not a stagnant lake; it is not found, it is not a quest;
  • Happiness excluded a) the more we have, the better we feel; b) “I would be happy when…”;
  • Happiness is a state, unconditional of the hazards of life, that we choose, that we decide at each moment to be happy and to which we discipline ourselves.

Why happiness is an issue and an essential aspect of human life?

A challenge:

– “I decided to be happy because it is good for my health.” – Voltaire

– “To show happiness is a duty; to be openly happy gives others proof that happiness is possible.” – Albert Jacquard

– “There is no shame in preferring happiness.” – Albert Camus

Essential aspect of human life: [2]

  • Our DNA is coded for us to be happy. Happiness is written into our genetic programming. If you’re not happy, you’re not living up to your DNA, and the DNA says “give up!” – Rael, Contact 362
  • Love is the only thing that can make you happy, not money, not sex; nothing can make you as happy as true love, which is to give, to give everything. Give your love. The more you give your love, the more you can save the planet.” – Rael, Contact 376
  • How to be deeply happy? One must love oneself… love yourself and maybe then you can give love to others.” – Rael, Contact 381
  • … Supraconsciousness… It is happiness for nothing… It is the happiness of existing for nothing.” – Rael, Contact 387

An international day of happiness can create a contagious enthusiasm year after year to take the pulse of our collective and individual happiness. Being happy individually influences the people around us and a happy collective will probably save humanity.

Rachel Bluteau
Columnist for the Raelian Movement of Canada

[1] Mathieu Ricard : Plaidoyer pour le bonheur. p. 20; Sa Sainteté Dalaï-Lama : L’art du bonheur p. 35; Christophe André : Vivre heureux, la psychologie du bonheur, p. 17; Sonya Lyubomirsky : Comment être heureux et le rester, p. 48 and 72; Marci Shimoff : Heureux sans raison p. 43 and 47; Rael: Words of Maitreya from A to Z p. 38 PDF format

[2] Words of Maitreya, from A to Z, p. 22, 63, 47, 97 PDF format