Does happiness measure up?

We measure everything. Can we measure happiness?






Kartik Bharadia

June 2018

Tattva Press

Shivani Pala

If we entertain the idea, just for a second, that most of our lives are based on automatic behaviour, feelings or subconscious decisions, imagine of the same could be said about happiness. Have you ever felt like you have everything in your life, everything you ever wanted, everything you were ever supposed to have and everyone around you says, “you’re successful” or “you’ve done well”? But yet you feel a gaping void or uncertainty in your life. We tell ourselves that happiness is around the corner, living wage slip to wage slip and promotion to promotion. The truth may be that we are confused by what makes us happy and the underlying discontent sometimes manifests that reality. The consequences of attaching our human happiness to the incorrect sources of happiness has harmful ramifications to us and everything and everyone around us. As such, we attach our happiness to our new phone, car or house, but then we come across an updated or finer sort and we stop wanting what we have. In a sense, we become mindless at consuming things based on the yardstick of other people’s lives or what we see being advertised. We become attached to what things symbolise or the status these objects give us rather than the value or purpose gained.