What is Happiness?

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you”.  –Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

 

The title of this book “The Happiest Piano Teacher in Town” begs the question, what does it mean to be happy?

 

This is the definition from vocabulary.com:

 

Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It’s the opposite of sadness. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happy.”

 

I like this definition. Let’s pick it apart and see how it could pertain to our job—the job of piano teaching.

 

when…  life is good and you can’t help but smile.”

 

I know this feeling.  It’s the feeling you get when your student has a great performance. It’s the waves of joy that wash over you when a parent thanks you for all you have done for his child. It’s the warm glow of accomplishment you get when a student talks about how you have made a difference in her life. It’s the feeling you get when you are just about to turn out the lights in your studio after a long day of teaching, exhausted yet exhilarated because you know you have a job that matters.

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