15 Jul Soulegria – Defining Happiness for Young Adults
Parents often say, “I just want my child to be happy.” We ask others how they are doing in order to gauge if they are “happy”. But happiness can mean many different things to different people at different times. Happiness can be externally triggered. It can be based on thoughts, things, places, events and other people. This kind of happiness is very fleeting and conditional upon individual circumstances. For example, we can be happy as we eat ice cream, but then be unhappy a few minutes later if that ice cream drops on the ground.
Happiness can mean so much more than this temporary state. This true, unconditional happiness is what we are defining with the word Soulegria. This happiness is peace or joy that comes from the inside. It is what we all are striving for. This happiness is making peace with who you are. It is a state of mind, body, and soul all working harmoniously together. If you have this peace, but you have nothing else, you can still be happy. On the flip side, If you have everything this world has to offer; possessions, pleasure, love, power, attractiveness, etc., but lack this peace and joy, you can never be truly happy. You will always be searching for more.
To quantify this state of unconditional happiness in life we must clarify the message we give when saying we are happy. To do this we make a distinct difference between the words used to define happiness. We have branded a word to define this unconditional happiness. It is “Soulegria” (So-Le-Gria).
To get technical, the word Soulegria is a derivative of the latin language of Portuguese and is chosen because latin differentiates the temporary state vs the long term state in their language. The latin language has two “to be” verbs; Estar and Ser. Estar is a temporary “to be” state like a feeling of (ie hungry/cold/sad.) Ser, on the other hand, is a more permanent state of who you are, not likely to change from day to day. For example, being a man or a woman, being an American, etc. The conjugation of Ser is “Sou.” Using “Sou” takes the “to be” verb to mean more specifically “I am” in the permanent state. We combine this verb, “Sou” with the Portuguese word meaning happiness or joy, “alegria.” “Sou” combines with “alegria” equals “Soulegria” when the “a” is dropped. Therefore “Soulegria” means “I am happy.”
Using the word Soulegria in our name we can proudly and confidently express that we have this unconditional joy for life. The young adults we work with are able to differentiate between the various forms of happiness and find peace and purpose in a life full of meaning and hope.