It is true that happiness is a universal value which is adored by almost every human being. Nevertheless, the scale of happiness is expanded inadequately from an individual guideline to a worldwide standard. Modern technologies are collecting and quantifying data of happiness as if they are valuable goods on the marketplace. Moreover, some seem to consider happiness as an subject matter which can be easily simulated.

Em – “female” in Vietnamese / Anh – “male” in Vietnamese / It is supposed to be Anh – Em / However, it is OK to be Em – Em or Anh – Anh

Firstly, the cognition of happiness is different from oneself to another. Take LGBT as an example, most of gender-identity based people believe that a happy family must be a combination between male and female. Kristen Henderson from Antigone female rock band, however, proves that a joyful home can be made of two mothers when giving birth at the same time with her wife Sarah Kate Ellis. Kristen had tried to fulfill the role that the society expected but she only found depressions for not being her true self. Therefore, an all-applied benchmark for happiness can led to anxiety for minorities who have detached idealities from the established norms.

Why do we choose one particular place out of others? Words of mouth and Facebook review are powerful marketing tools to lure you into a coffee inn, although you do not have a good impression about it at first sight. Not because its decorations or its location yet because its ambient.

Secondly, monitoring happiness is more likely to be an economic advancement than a societal reformation. For example, Facebook always ask you to complete the interest list on your account: what kind of books do you like, what kind of movies do you like, what type of activities do you look for, what places do you like the most… So that they can know exactly what make you happy and then suggest appropriate services which can provide more “happiness” to you. Any company that wants to be on your news notifications has to pay Facebook for that. Thus, transforming happiness into measurable quantities is an effective way to manipulate personal choices.

Things there are so neat and clean like they are in a private house of a person who has great sense of tidiness but lack of coziness. When you come there you always feel like an outsider who are not invited. They serve you Western afternoon tea without the enthusiasm to introduce the culture behind it. They put delicious peach tea inside a shiny silver pot and look at you like clumsy people who do not know how to taste the tea. All you can feel during the time there is that tawdry showy has taken place of genuine elegance.

Thirdly, if happiness becomes an objective for us to compete, it will definitely lose its own meaning. Sometimes I feel happiness is like a jargon which is shared among many closed spheres of disparate cultures. People should naturally and independently nurture their own happiness, as any artificial interference from the outside can lead to unexpected depression for the inside. Like a person who try too much to fit in other people’s clothes.

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  1. Mabel Kwong

    Beautiful post, Khan. I so agree with you that happiness should be independent. Happiness should come from within and be free of material influences. It’s so easy to be captivated and swayed by consumer goods and getting the “next best thing” when what we have is usually the backbone of our happiness ❤

    • vothikhanhhoa

      Dear Mabel, I do agree with you that we are influenced by external factors on the way finding true happiness. There must be an established level for gaining materials such as money, fame, goods… but beyond that it is still elusive to know exactly what we yearning for ❤ Thanks for spending time with my blog

      • Mabel Kwong

        Balance is hard to achieve in life, but the least we can do is remind ourselves that the small things in life are the big things that make us happy. Like food, health and love. Always a pleasure to read your take on the world 🙂 ❤

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