Self-enquiry and Happiness

It appears that almost anything that humans
pursue in life has some connection to
at least the idea of happiness if not
happiness itself.

So what is this happiness that we all seem to seek?

That state has been described as "The Kingdom of Happiness",
which is phrased very similar to "The Kingdom of Heaven".

So why is it that so many people in the world are
seeking this state or "Kingdom of Happiness"
but they are not really finding it, or experiencing
that happiness without certain limitations?

Are we looking in the wrong places?
Is there some technique involved that we are not aware of?
Do we have a totally wrong idea of what happiness is all about?

Are VALUE and sharing component parts of this happiness we seek?

Some people find happiness but it is temporal, it does not last long,
or it is conditional - certain conditions have to be met or fulfilled
to maintain a state of happiness.  This might be referred to as
relative happiness.

Relative happiness always seems to be offset by periods of time
when a state of unhappiness predominates.

Can you have one without the other,  or are we looking at this
happiness business in the wrong way?

I am sure that you have heard something like this:
"Oh, if I only had X or Y then I would be soooo happy."
And then when X or Y is obtained, happiness is there for a while,
but gradually that happiness begins to fade.  Now a state of
unhappiness sets in.  Why does that happen?

The above is a little example of the kinds of things that help
an individual raise their state of awareness by bringing attention
to how they perceive certain aspects of their life experience.
This is an example of self-enquiry. 

Careful, and targeted self enquiry is the most productive
approach to personal development and much more.
Perhaps you would like to give it a try. 

The enquiry is not done to find definitive answers but to discover
how you think, what you think, why you think what you think and
how it all adds to personal growth and direction in one's life

This is one of the earliest steps in the Mastery of Self.