True happiness is allowed by not letting the activity of thinking block the flow of a shared sense of life.
Happiness is innate to a direct experience of Being - a present directly felt living appreciation.
Humanly we associate external conditions with a conditional sense of our self - a learned sense of self - and this becomes a set of demands that traps the mind until it awakens to the 'currently running program' and reevaluates its own premise from a fresh perspective. This can never arise from manipulating data based on the old program, though of course such rebranding or reshuffle of the same old basis - can seem to buy a management solution - such as attempting to be rationally 'happy' within a fundamental unhappiness. But unhappiness is a hurt or pain of dissonant life and leaks out into every area of our lives. It becomes the WHITE ELEPHANT LIE that (almost) everyone normalises to invisibility. True happiness then becomes anathema to the mind that is intent on managing its unhappiness successfully.(Which associates happiness with a its control and security rather than as a direct emanation of being).
The learned sense of self can be temporarily happy if its conditions are met - except it will then shift to new expectations. So it is easily provable as to where happiness is not really found to anyone willing and honest enough to test out their own life.
Abiding happiness is an expression of a deeper honesty and acceptance. This doesn't come about without some process of recognising and releasing what 'does not work - and can not work'. And such process is necessarily conscious - not something that can be applied or achieved through any kind of manipulation.
But, we can learn to promote the conditions that serve such learning and awareness - and to unsubscribe or withdraw support from the conditions that undermine true happiness.
In terms of governmental considerations of happiness, we would do well to reevaluate the true economy - not in order to please economists - but one that accounts for our shared commonwealth of resources and abilities and talents - and the time available to appreciate and enjoy our way of life and work.
Of all the steps that I could summarize simply, there needs to be a valuing and honouring of the micro economy. And the seemingly unstoppable or ungovernable demands of the macro economy need to be checked. Corporate dominance asset strips everything and kills its own host if not held in check by law.
The personal scale economy - the actual community of interrelatedness that has been increasing undermined and controlled as mere consumers or workers - is the seedbed of our lives and the nets of regulation and interference need to have wide enough mesh so as not to deny people the opportunity to live out of their own inspiration and shared worth.
It isn't big society - but a community based approach - where communities are actual relationships of individual and collective trust embodied and not mere database-able subsets of information to be mouthed about or manipulated as if they were 'things'.
It must be painfully apparent to governors, that when the happy candy is withdrawn and the stick is used to keep the governed from making too much trouble, that they can do so legitimately only on the basis of serving the greater trust of the governed.
To be willing to happily pass through pain, we need to trust the purpose and the process by which we allow a deeper happiness to share from a true basis. That process is in us as individual members of a larger community - and cannot come from Government - but those in Government needs to nurture and discern the will for true happiness as their own support.
Manipulating minds has become a sophisticated art - but its practice arises only from a mind that is already attempting to manipulate itself. That is essentially fearful, and driven by an unhappiness of dissonance which it seeks to overcome EXTERNALLY. True Happiness is not living out from such a mind because it has felt the dissonance and resolved it where it actually is - and sees the world as the field of relations in which to express a fundamental harmony of life rather than as a resource to plunder for-getting its self.
Focussing on the difficult makes fear the master, but to share the experience of the easy, grows the courage to move through fear. But only they can share or inspire who are inspired to share life rather than manipulate it.
Governors or leasers can learn to provide role modes of willingness that do not use tricks to hide or score but risk allowing their true presence of intent to communicate itself - while in office - and become known for better or worse for what they demonstrate.
The ego liability of a false self sense is in all of us. The blame game is manipulative nonsense. We learn through making mistakes but not by gorging on blame ridden analysis - which but perpetuates the underlying mindset that gives rise to mistaken self interest.
Honesty is the extension of trust and without trust - we are nothing.
Thankyou for inviting comment and for your attention.