Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.


How do you win the elusive pursuit of continuous happiness?

I think you have to start with the presumption that there is no such thing as continuous happiness.

Happiness is a state of mind that can fluctuate instantaneously in any direction. We are fortunate to feel such an emotion, and to appreciate such an emotion when it is present. When it is absent, it is most noticeably missing. As we try to discern how and why we are unhappy and what specifically is making us feel this way, we are able to pinpoint many stimuli that are provocateurs of their own respective flavor of happiness.

Collectively, they add tremendous value to our lives in countless ways. As we are fortunate to find these moments in our lives, we tend to document them, and treasure them as they truly represent the meaning of life.

It is our great joy to discover the new variables, which make us feel equally pleased by their presence, or by their overall stimuli.

For many people, happiness is a recurring state of mind that arises out of prescribed notions that they have established for themselves, and in which they continually expose themselves for the purpose of feeling such a vibrant emotion.

Underneath happiness lies a range of mental perspectives, which enable us to enjoy that happiness… predicated upon how and why we are feeling it.

If we explore why we want to feel happy, we come to a much more esoteric discussion.

One might argue that we feel happy because it is in the spectrum of the most desirable emotions to live within.

One might defend this by explaining that a life that is content and satiating, is resplendent with happy experiences and opportunities. Whereas another might argue that happiness in and of itself is not an endgame, but rather a byproduct of a much greater scheme that is formulated directly from living a fulfilling lifestyle, however, that might be defined by the individual.

We know that we are most certainly appreciative of feeling such an emotion, and we might tell ourselves that this state of existence is what we are most certainly working to live for. But, given how elusive happiness tends to be, sometimes happiness arrives in our world, like a butterfly lighting on your finger. It is truly unexpected, but hopefully, always very much appreciated!

Happy Saturday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!