For many years the answer to this simple question has solved us: What makes us happy?
Many times, when trying to understand human nature, it helps to look at children. As is said, "The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys." Adults have the same basic psychology and children, only children are simpler. This helps us to see our progress on the basic principles governing our lives.
When are children happy? Children are happy when they are playing and having fun, right? Yet it is said that "busy children are happy children." At first this seems strange. Children like to play. Why would the kids be happy when busy? But we see that the children after doing what they will get bored, spoiled and miserable. Children need to be structured and productive. Then they are happy. So, on the one hand, "hate children" structure and withstand productivity; They almost need to force into it. And on the other hand, the children enjoy the need for structure and productivity of those adults.
We see that there are two types of happiness: quick moments "fun happiness" and long lasting hard "productive happiness". The first comes from enjoying activity. We call this card. The second is from enjoying good results. We call this work.
"Happy happiness" ends as soon as the game is over. Nothing to play, no fun. "Productive happiness" lasts forever as a sense of success. Usually, an individual gives a short while of investment as an investment for the deeper, long-lasting happiness that comes from productivity.
However, these two types of happiness do not require conflict. We can bring them together. We do this when we love our job. That means we do something productive, meaningful and useful to society, but also something we love to do. This has another benefit; We are most productive when we use what we do.
Another trick to congratulate these types of love is the challenge. Challenge is to enjoy something difficult, something that is an outside job and not fun. But when viewed as a challenge, the difficulty will be the best part. This is the idea behind the joy of playing a game. The goal can not be exciting (for example, getting football in the final area), but the challenge (what it took to get there) makes it fun.
Of course, the best challenge is also to achieve some productive. So, by setting noble goals, one uses the unique abilities and nature of the person to be most productive and by enjoying the challenge of the process, one can be doubly happy.
In short: Live your life as it is a game, play the game as it is your life.
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