Maybe our definition of “happiness” is wrong.
Maybe our civilization confuses material success with outward expressions of life satisfaction.
Maybe there’s a depth to the definition of “happy” that we have not yet plumbed. Maybe that’s why so many of us feel confused and unhappy when we’re forced to question it.
If the definition of happiness is superficial, then maybe what we need is a different definition. Maybe a different word entirely.
“Self-actualized” is too clinical. “Content” sounds kitschy. Finding the right social shorthand that gives adequate context to this kind of feeling isn’t easy.
Maybe that’s the point.