Google informs me that today is “International Day of Happiness.” Wikipedia informs me that the United Nations in June 2012 proclaimed March 20 International Day of Happiness. So today is the third IDOF. I find happiness by decree suspect, to say the least, but then I suspect “happiness” of being a meaningless abstraction. Despite the fact that it’s enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, I think the “the pursuit of happiness” is akin to a snipe hunt. One can be happy; happiness can not be achieved. Being happy is largely a gift of fate, a state of grace, if you have the grace, that is to say detachment, to accept it. Happiness is a conveniently intangible commodity rather like a mortgage derivative.
Werner Herzog makes me happy. John Lennon singing “Happiness is a warm gun yes it is” makes me happy. Bang bang shoot shoot.
Bonus “Happy” meme: