Zhuangzi and Huizi were sauntering along the dam of the Hao waterfall.
Zhuangzi said, “The minnows swim freely and play at ease in the water – they truly enjoy.”
Huizi asked, “You are not fish - how do you know that fish enjoy?”
Zhuangzi rejoined, “You are not me. How do you know that I do not know that fish enjoy?”
It is a famous debate in Chinese philosophy. I would like explain it in this way: You are not me - how do you know that I do not enjoy my time watching the fish swim? You are not me, you can’t judge my happiness. Happiness is a self definition.
When you are in good mood, you think everything is happy, swimming fish, flying birds, running dogs, playing kids and more. When you smile, the world smiles back to you; when you are happy, you transmit frequency of happiness around.
Happiness comes from peace of mind. How hard the outside world is, with peace of mind, you can take the tense situation calmly, drinking a cup of tea, reading an uplifting book, and listening soothing music, taking pleasure in a quiet moment. Keep cool you will win through.
Happiness comes from generosity. Be broad-minded towards others, be kindhearted to the needed, and be tolerant to the different. Spend less time on criticizing others, more time on improving oneself.
Happiness consists in contentment. Either being rich or being poor, either staying home or travelling, enjoy what you have, proactively develop yourself for better. Feel grateful for people who ever help you and show your true appreciation. A contented mind is a perpetual feast.
To smile or not to smile is an attitude. Happiness is in your heart; happiness is everywhere.