I don't think you can really find happiness; I think you create it. People are in such a hurry to find it, as if it's locked away somewhere. Everyone thinks there are maps that can lead them to it, that there's some big secret to discovering it. If I could change this, I'll be happy. If I do that, I'll be happy. We turn happiness into a solution to a complex equation and we make the equation nearly impossible to solve.
But I think it's something that you have to teach yourself to make. People who are depressed or unsatisfied don't know how to create it or express it. I think people could find happiness in any situation, if only they had the mental and emotional capacity.
And that's just one of the many downfalls of society--we don't want to search within ourselves. We'd rather read a self-help book written by some celebrity doctor or turn on the television in the vain hope that it will give us the answers to "finding" happiness. Self-awareness, I think, is the main ingredient needed to make happiness. The method each of us uses to create it differs from person to person. How I create happiness is very different from how you create it. No, you can't be in an eternal state of happiness, but you can create it as often as you can, until it comes almost automatically in the simplest or most unexpected times.
That's my theory about happiness, anyway. I can't prove it and I'm not a philosopher, but it's what my eternal quest for knowledge has led me to believe.
That was something I wrote to my sixth grade teacher. We were discussing happiness.