It's not possible to permanently, totally happy in conventional life as all the things that make us happy are impermanent and ultimately unsatisfactory..
We all have fleeting moments of happiness or joy but these pass as do all feelings or moods. The best we can hope for is peace of mind during both the good and bad times when we accept life for what it is.....
not I, with the killing of one of our 6 chickens (Which mom keeps for eggs, but we kids treat them as pets), done by those two damn pugs across the street from us, they weren't chained up nor were they fenced in. my grandfather told the owner: If they come over on our property again, they had best be wearing bulletproof vests.
I'm a very happy hippy. I retired at an early age, have plenty of money, great family, great friends, the best dog in the world and plenty of things to keep me busy. Sure, I have some days that everything seems to go wrong but they are in the minority. Life, for me, is great.
I guess that only happens when you are so completely absorbed with something that makes you deeply happy that for the moment you do not notice the less-than-perfect things around you. I have seen people this happy, generally only in one of two categories: in love or ' chemically stimulated'. Myself I am perfectly happy knowing that I could do a hell of a lot worse in life.
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Only masochist's need apply:-) I'm generally happy with moments of complaints. I try not to dwell on the things I cannot change. I try not to take myself seriously and find great joy in being a Husband, Dad, musician and 1/2 ass comedian.
Happiness is based on happenings. Good and bad circumstances happen in our lives all the time. We are created with all the different emotions. We wouldn't really understand happiness, if were were never sad or angry. If we never experience the other senses, something would be wrong with us. People are happy when life tends to go well, but life doesn't always go well. Some have it harder than others. Having "joy" despite our circumstances is another thing to talk about. ;)