When we ask ourselves what would makes us happy that wouldn’t be a great problem. We would say the new phone that was launched to the market, a new car, or a bigger house.
In order to know what makes us happy, we can not state a rule, because it may change over according to their likes and dislikes. But we do know one thing. Everyone need the basics to be happy, such as a family, people that care for us or a job.
If we go deeper in the analysis, we would take 2 people. One that is a nun and one that is atheist. And if we ask them about their happiness, all the ways of knowing will start working together to create a piece of final work.
Normally not many people like to talk about one of the two ways of knowing that I will talk about in this analysis I will use them to explain it better. Those are faith and intuition.
Continuing with the example of the two people, if we ask them about what makes them happy that is related to the faith, obviously the nun would say that according to her faith, she is very happy, because she believes in things that the atheist doesn’t, like God. For example she would say that preach the religion makes her the most happiest woman in the world, when meanwhile the atheist person would say that getting the new Ferrari would make him the most happiest man in the world, because he doesn’t have faith in anything. Maybe he believes in karma or similar things but obviously not in God.
When we talk about memory, she would probably say that she was very happy because she finally found peace because of God and her status as a nun. That everything her memory thinks about is when she goes to church and helps the most disadvantaged. On the other hand, if we ask the atheist, he would probably said, if he is already working and with a family, the day he graduated or the day he married.
All of this analysis would lead to another question which is, to what extend do we need material things in order to be happy and satisfied?
In conclusion we can make the statement that everyone is different and this will affect the answer of the question depending if you are asking it to one person or another.
In my opinion this is quite a reasonable statement, due to the fact that no one in this world is equal, so the options and the feelings would change depending on our faith, on our memories, our intuition and all of the ways of knowing. But as I said in the beginning we all need the basics to be happy. If we don’t have those, it is very difficult to reach a lever in which you are really happy.