Did You Find Happiness During The Pandemic?
It’s unfortunate that many people lost love ones during the pandemic. On top of that the institutions people use to find happiness were shut down: schools; churches and synagogues; pubs, restaurants, and bars; and the parks. But, some people did find happiness in these trying times.
Becoming a father was the happiest day of my life. Taking care of my daughter and watching her grow and develop from an infant to a toddler was just amazing. Taking my daughter to her first day of school was just as amazing. Watching her experience snow for the first time as she reached out to touch the falling snow can’t be described. My happiness wasn’t continual though, there were bouts of headaches and discontent along the way.
Happiness is an emotional state characterized by feelings of joy, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfillment. While happiness has many different definitions, it’s often described as involving positive emotions and life satisfaction. Happiness though, is often misrepresented.
Happiness, despite popular opinion, isn’t the result of feeling euphoric during every waking moment; researchers find achieving happiness typically involves times of considerable discomfort. So, happiness runs the gamut of being pleased and satisfied to discontent and discomfort. Happiness is on a spectrum lying somewhere between elation and joy and depression and woe.
Being a father meant I never had a good night’s sleep anymore, I had to get used to many sleepless nights — and I highly valued my sleep. Her screaming and temper tantrums split my skull and gave me headaches like I’ve never experienced before. Although nothing could change my attitude about fatherhood, both my physical health as well as my mental health suffered.
So as you see, fatherhood makes me happy even though being a father can have its ups and downs.
WHAT IS HAPPINESS?
When most people talk about happiness — or subjective well-being — they might be talking about how they feel in the present moment, or they might be referring to a more general sense of how they feel…