Never is a big word. Like all of us you’ll accidentally allow at least a few people to get attached to your happiness when you’re young. But that’ll hurt so you’ll learn that’s a dangerous thing to do. If you do lose track of your happiness you’ll want to make sure you’re maintaining an awareness that you gave the happiness away as opposed to someone took it. No one actually has the power to take away anyone else’s happiness so this isn’t a challenge or a warning. It’s more a reminder: do not be attached, be attracted. You’ll definitely need being sad or angry or worried so you can even recognize being happy, but don’t let other’s behaviour dictate whether or not you’re happy. They always have the freedom to leave but you always have the option of what to think about that.
Following a serious childhood brain injury Scott McPherson unwittingly spent his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and the self. This made him as strange to others as they were to him. Seeing the self-harm people created with their own overthinking, Scott dedicated part of his life to helping others live with greater awareness. He is currently a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB, where he finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.