What is happiness? Is it merely attainable by human means or are we all just deluding ourselves with temporary human achievement and the prestige that goes with it. I once wondered if it was actually possible to be genuinely happy for another person. I mean, I love seeing my friends get promotions, or getting married and things like that, but am I happy for them or happy with them. During my time of questioning legitimate empathetic happiness I had to study origins of empathy. The word empathy comes from Greek origins, the words “en” and “pathos” which translate to “in” and “passion” respectively are the basis of the word “empatheia.” Empatheia was adapted into the German work “Einfühlung” which means “feeling into,” that was ultimately translated into the English word empathy. Empathy is actually putting yourself into the position of another, and imagining how you would feel in that situation. I can basically gather from my studies the idea that being happy for others is all in the imagination, although it is an important trait in basic social interaction. In my opinion happiness is a feeling of contentment, and in general attaining goods and achievements cannot gain lasting contentment. The pursuit of happiness is quite possibly the most depressing journey one can take, while life has its ups and downs, quantifying contentment can be detrimental to one’s overall well being. People who base their happiness on external things use items almost as a drug, and they seem to get a temporary boost from each purchase or win. These individuals find themselves extremely unhappy when they stop competing or have everything they think they want. I guess the truest form of happiness can be gained by looking at your situation, look at what you love about it, and just love it, be content with it. If your situation is dissatisfying, gain happiness by working towards a position of contentment, which is not always a position of prestige. Empathize with people not with things and you will find an understanding of happiness.