So RedheadRose, I am very interested to hear about your experiments with the curtain string. Reality is odd, and I have proof. I have done a few experiments before with the laws of random. I find that there are some laws of random that one can use, but it takes a lot of concentration. If you play games with luck, for instance, it will try to avoid you and act random. But I've seen some patterns.
For instance, (and luck will try to disprove this idea) if I say with utter confidence that the die I am about to roll will be a three then it will NOT be a three. This happens all the time. Of course, now that I've written this, the next time I roll the die it will be a three. And of course, now that I've just written that line, it won't be a three. And often...if you go on like this long enough then luck will feel cornered and try to escape. So I'll toss the die and it'll roll off the table and land in the trash can where it's really none of the numbers.
Reality does not like to be accurately predicted with luck alone. Often I will go back and forth over the two options that I think might happen. And just to avoid me, a completely unpredicted third option will actually happen. Reality does that just to prove its superiority.
So the fact that you've managed to corner luck and say that your luck is always wrong with the curtain string is curious. So just laugh in the face of reality and say, "haha, I can predict that I will grab the wrong string!" And then you'll pick the right one. Anyway...that's me begin silly and personifying luck and reality. Of course, it's really no more silly than personifying truth and goodness as god. Because, as personifications go, you often lose the meaning behind the image, if you know what I mean. ;)
So...let's move onto something different. Happiness. A few others have talked about it with the idea of perfection and the concept of using unhappiness as a foil to accentuate the happiness.
Here's my take on it.
Firstly, happiness and reason:
Logic and happiness are unrelated. Logic is a tool of the mind. Happiness is a state of the soul. So why then, must you have a reason to be happy? Reasons are logical. If you need a reason to be happy, then you are relying on your logic to tell you when to be happy. This means that your mind is filtering your happiness, just as it filters so much else in your life. No wonder those who free themselves of the restrictions of the mind are happier. So be happy for no reason.
Secondly, happiness and desires:
Happiness has nothing to do with desires. Desires are future orientated and have no meaning in the world we experience - the present. Why should you be miserably caught up in desires? Often, the amount you desire something is the amount that you regard not having it as terrible. But desires will always be in the future, and therefore the present will always be regarded as terrible. When someone's desire is finally met and they can be 'happy', they realize that the desire has now thrust itself even further into the future with the demand that they must now hold on to what they've acquired...forever. And they know that they cannot. So they remain miserable. Obviously, I am exaggerating. But it is true that desires take from your present happiness and that getting what you 'want' does not result in lasting happiness. Which relates to the idea of perfection. Your image of perfection is one where all your desires have been met. And therefore it cannot exist unless you do not have any desires!
Thirdly, happiness and achievements:
Happiness does not come from achievements. You cannot play games to win happiness as if it was a prize. Happiness is a state of being. And 'being', as you can tell, is a present tense verb. Therefore, happiness can only ever occur in the present - being happy for what you have - with no desires. And you have a lot. You have life. And life comes with an infinite number of possibilities in every moment.