While happiness is not a place, I also have to add that I find the biggest "happiness mistake" is thinking your happiness lies within a person. I see it all the time. I sit and watch sad people, just hanging around their "happiness".
Throwing their arms around them, like they are holding something they achieved? You can't achieve a person. You can love them for a while. People are finite. You can kiss them when they are close enough. You can fascinate them while you hold their attention. You can pray their gaze is long enough, still enough, but it still is not permanent. At best, you can INSPIRE them to be who they are meant to be. That is wonderful!
But that doesn't make their accomplishments yours. It makes me sad, not indignant. All the experiences, talents, music, ART, peaks and descents, babbling rivers, students and teachers they have never heard, never seen, never been...because they tried to live in someone else. Happiness is not a person.
Happiness is embracing what you have been given. Sculpting it. Chiseling it into something. Anything you want. Your gut will lead you. Buffing it. Making it art. It's also loving the people that come to and fro. But it is not ONE PERSON.
I CAN say it is within you and your Divine Appointment is to find it. It is a bitch to find. It would be easier for me to just say you can find it in one person. That, however, would be a cop out. Thinking he is going to be famous or he has money? THAT, you hit the jackpot. You just devalued everything you are and will be? YOU are the jackpot if you search within.
You must find it within. Happiness is up to YOU. If you love someone else - don't pin your happiness to them. That's an awful lot of pressure to put on anyone. It's also weak. Own your happiness. And please, don't give the credit to someone who wants to believe they "saved you". How arrogant and weak.
Don't pin yours on me either. I am too small, too human. We are doomed to fail.
We cannot be everything, not even to one person. If you let your happiness be a person, you will live an unlived life. An UNLIVED life - that's heavy. Your purpose!? You will never know your purpose. That would be eternally sad. The opposite of happy. We cheat ourselves in such a massive way every time in we think happiness lies in romantic love.