I read a great research article on happiness this morning. It was about the reverse affects that often occur when we pursue happiness as an end rather than treating it as a symptom of a balanced life.
The research suggests that there are some quite negative outcomes from the pursuit of happiness. I read all of this through and thought about it a lot. I do agree with it. Happiness is a symptom not a destination.
The most subtle and the most powerful forms of happiness occur when we are in our flow and pursuing our purpose in life. This leads to a deep attention and loss of the experience of time. People who experience this form of flow describe themselves as happy.