I have been examining what makes people happy, and I have come to a few conclusions.
1. They have a goal they are striving for...
2. They have and desire these things.
g. creativity (observing or creating)
g. honesty ..etc.
Most of these nouns can be used as verbs as well. "I love you." Love being the action. or "Love is wonderful." Love being the noun and subject.
All that is fine if you are into epistemology but that doesn't solve anything really.
What stood out most is that none of the things, that makes a person really happy has a physical component! None of them can be touched!
Touch can be a component of love, but it isn't love. Physical stuff can be a small part of happiness, but even with everything-under-the-sun owned, without those intangibles, a person is not happy.
So that leads me to the off-handed conclusion that we are NOT of this physical plane. This physical plane is not what brings us joy. We have happiness from the intangibles!
So if this physical plane was say a computer game, money were points where you got to buy things IN THE GAME...you can win the game but still not have accomplished anything toward what you desire, which is to be happy. The game is a distraction while you seek the things that are truly valuable.
Maybe we are also intangible beings, however you wish to describe that...(spirit, interdimensional beings, pure energy, intellect, consciousness), but obviously not materialists.
Playing and focusing ON THE GAME of this world will actually deny you the opportunities to find what will make you happy.
Following someone elses rules is also a dead end to happiness. If you feel that you are not good because you didn't do what someone else says, (organization, political party, religion) told you to do, even if it doesn't fit with your situation, you will not be happy.
So many unjust things have happened because someone followed what someone else told them to do. Then they were forced to struggle with the internal conflicts of what they desired and thought was right and what others demanded of them.
Taking ownership of your own thoughts, your own actions, and your own consequences will relieve you of those conflicts. Being-you honestly, will free you to be happy.
Following someone elses pathway will always be uncomfortable. I don't know about you, but I hate the thought of being a cookie-cutter drone.
For any that have traveled third world nations you will recognize some truly happy people who have nothing. Why are they happy? Why do they play, and laugh so freely? It is because they have the intangibles!
Notice the sky, the air, water, plants, animals of this planet. The greatest joy can be the wonder of exploring. Even if a person sits on their doorstep and watches the world, the ants at their feet, the sun cross the sky, the opportunity for wonder abounds. Wonder inspires happiness. Gratitude is happiness.
So many opportunities to be happy are ignored for the game. When will you take back your opportunity to be happy. :)
Enjoy the journey