Real happiness is not an external force. Just like jumping into a swimming pool, and merely being surrounded by water, does not quench your thirst.
Real happiness is an internal force. Happiness, like water, must be poured in and reside within you.
Personally, I didn’t want to keep searching for a swimming pool to feel happy (ie: finding a girlfriend). I wanted to find a way to make my own happiness – for my happiness to be self-generated.
Drinking a glass of water is more powerful than jumping into 1000 swimming pools.