British author and founder of The Happiness Project, Robert Holden wrote that “Happiness is a most confronting inquiry because it challenges you to be honest about everything, including unhappiness. The truth is, you can’t be truly happy and be dishonest about your unhappiness.”
Most of us would probably blanch at the suggestion that we are dishonest on a daily basis. But, consider: when someone asks you, “How are you?” how truthful is your answer? We probably reply, “Fine.” Or, “Good.” And then we might quickly ask, “And how are you?” To which we usually receive a similarly superficial response.