Happiness can sometimes sound and feel a bit fluffy. It evokes a picture of big wide-smiley happy faces with not a worry in the world. For many, the absence of worry seems only to be a possibility in a distant galaxy somewhere. It is an ideal world where people are in a constant state of pure bliss and every little thing that crops up in their life just bounces off them like bullets off of superman’s chest. If happiness is a permanent state that we seeking then that’s where it begins to appear unachievable.

If it’s just moments of happiness we are searching for then it becomes far more within our reach. We’ve all had those moments. Maybe we are sitting by the beach, sipping on a pina colada with our partner in our arms while beautiful music is playing. Maybe it’s holding a baby and seeing their big eyes glare into yours. It melts your heart, it fills you up with goodness. In those ‘moments’ of happiness we are most likely to attribute that happiness to the gaining of an experience or feeling. What we often don’t realise is that our happiness is just as much brought about by the absence of certain thoughts and emotions. These thoughts and emotions are the doubts, fears, anxieties, and memories that act as blocks and barriers to a better way of feeling.

When we are in a deep pleasurable state we are very likely not thinking about the council tax bill that we have yet to pay or the brakes on the car that need replacing. If it’s equally important to flush and dilute particular thoughts from our mind then why do we not pay more attention to doing this?

There is a therapeutic element to being in a state of creativity in that not only do we enjoy the process but we (at least momentarily) empty ourselves of the pollution that blocks our natural flow of good feelings. Just as meditation acts to slow down our thinking, if we keep on deliberately creating we can positively alter our state. By tuning into our creative impulses, we give ourselves a fighting chance of reaching a more permanent state of happiness.