Happiness: Inside Us or Outside?

A smile button looking towards its smile which seems to have moved outside the face

Does Happiness — one the most sought after states of mind — resides within us or outside? Do external factors like the living environment, possessions or behaviour of others make us happy? Can happiness be bought and given? Or is happiness internal and stems from how we deal with our desires, expectations, imperfections and situations which may be far-from-ideal? Are we responsible for our own happiness?

The designer often grapples with the questions above.. The internet has some lovely information on Happiness, by the way. Making a list of what all makes you happy may surprise you!