The world we live in is one of form, and the search for peace and happiness is fruitless and ever illusive until we realize that we do not need to "find" joy, to "search" for peace. Peace and joy are there... where they always have been... just underneath form.
Joy does not come from WHAT you do... it flows into what you do. It can not be derived from something like an activity or a thing. Joy is a state of being that flows into what you are doing based on the quality of your consciousness at the time you are doing it. Anything you do where you are fully present allows you to access the joy of being - to experience joy - to be "happy". It's not the action that brings joy, its the deep sense of aliveness that flows into the action. This means that when you enjoy doing something, you are actually experiencing the joy of being, it's not the activity - it's your state of consciousness.
What is consciousness? "The best indicator of your level of consciousness is how you deal with life’s challenges when they come. Through those challenges, an already unconscious person tends to become more deeply unconscious, and a conscious person more intensely conscious. You can use a challenge to awaken you, or you can allow it to pull you into even deeper sleep. The dream of ordinary unconsciousness then turns into a nightmare." - Eckhart Tolle
How? Observe the many ways where you feel tense or discontent, unease or frustration, even boredom. Make it a habit to monitor your mental-emotional state through self-observation. Ask yourself, Am I at ease at this moment? What is going on inside of me right now? Be AT LEAST as interested in what's going on inside of you as what is going on outside - "If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place."
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