What do we mean when we say happiness ? Well, to start with, some dictionary meanings of the word "Happiness" Happiness:
1. the quality or state of being happy.
2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
3: state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy 4: emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
Happiness results from the possession or attainment of what one considers good. Bliss is unalloyed happiness or supreme delight.
Contentment is a peaceful kind of happiness in which one rests without desires, even though every wish may not have been gratified. Well, for me, probably 3 above describes 3 most correctly. I feel happiness is all about the state which we are in, mostly mental state. Happiness for me is also closely related to satisfaction - when one is satisfied, one should be happy. On the other hand, if one is not satisfied with some actions of his/her, then most probably he would not be happy after doing those actions. Human being needs many many things right from the day he is born. In the initial few years of one's life, apart from the very unfortunate ones (this is where probably the "good fortune" meaning comes in) most of these needs are taken care of by someone else, namely our parents. Having got all that we needed, we are satisfied and hence also happy. Thus, in our childhood years, even something as trivial as getting a balloon in our hand makes us very happy. As we grow up, our needs, demands increase and hence it is more difficult to satisfy them. As a result, it becomes increasingly difficult to get happiness. Thus, if at the age of 20, if someone is unhappy, there is a very low probablity that a piece of chocolate would make that person happy, but at the age of 7-8, it would most definitely have worked ! One may say that having less demands or having a mechanism to ensure that all of them are met, is almost a sure path to happiness - both these things unfortunately...