Some define it as simply “feeling good.” Others describe happiness as being an infinitely more complex, scientifically quantifiable emotion; an equation that includes pleasure, engagement and meaning experienced in both the short and long term. Still others, like Mahatma Ghandi, describe happiness as a state of being where, “What you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
Happiness can stem from our own actions and sense of purpose. It may be a seed planted by someone else’s generosity or come from achieving goals or even from viewing a work of art. Happiness can be elusive and enigmatic for some people, while others seem to know just how and where to find it. Ultimately, happiness is subjective. Finding happiness is up to each of us as individuals.
But what if you’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury? Is attaining the most basic definition of happiness possible? Is happiness achievable when you’re no longer the same person you were before your injury? Continue reading