What do you think is the opposite of happiness? We’ve been more or less taught since the crawling and teething years that the spectrum of emotion ranges from highs of happiness to lows of sadness.
Here’s a different way of looking at it: happiness and sadness are really the same.
Instead of picturing a linear spectrum, think of a circular spectrum. Happiness and sadness are not 180 degrees from each other; they are back-to-back. These two very general emotional categories are like two sides of the same coin – the coin of passion [ugh, that was corny].
The opposite of love is not hate; it is apathy.
The opposite of happiness is not sadness; it is boredom.
The lack of emotional release and engagement is the 180 degree point. It may be counterintuitive to view sadness as equal to happiness, but this us mainly because sadness has been stigmatized. Being upset is what we all want to avoid, right? Happiness – rainbows, laughter, unicorns, etc – that’s what life’s all about.
Or is being bored and disengaged from life what we really want to avoid?