You can’t live a peaceful life if you aren’t happy. But then what is happiness after all? Have you ever wondered what makes you happy? Is it the salary that is credited in your account at the end of every month or those new pair of heels or maybe the latest iPhone model? How about that expensive lunch at a 7-star restaurant or throwing a party at your farmhouse? It could also be buying a new car or a flat.
If you notice, all the examples above are monetary satisfactions. Today happiness for us depends on all the luxurious things that we can afford in life. I do not say it’s wrong but then give it a thought.
Are you really happy inside?
Let’s take for instance; you are working for a well-known organization, you are being paid very well for that job but then there are days when you don’t want to go to your office, or days when you want to quit the job. Why so? Shouldn’t you be happy?
As technology progressed, the definition of happiness also changed. Nowadays happiness is the picture that is posted on your Facebook wall. Unlike old days, when happiness was waiting for a picture to be printed, put into a photo frame and then be hung on the wall at your home. Happiness in our childhood was waiting for the clock to strike 5 in the evening, and everyone would rush to the playground. Meeting your friends and hanging out was top priority (not that it isn’t now, but back then we didn’t have Facebook, Whatsapp, etc.). These days’ kids play games on their mobiles.
We have lost the personal touch in our friendships and relationships. Our means of happiness has changed. We have learned to find happiness in things that we want from life. We look for happiness rather than feeling it.
But, honestly happiness lies in the small things of life. For example:
- Playing with the cat in your building
- Smiling at the person who stopped his car for you to cross the road
- Someone telling you to be careful while you stand at the edge of the door in a train
- The smile on the face of the kid next door when you give him a chocolate
- A random text from a long lost friend
- Sitting by the fountain, listening to music
There would be many other such instances. Why not find it out for yourself? Take a break. Pamper yourself, give your family time. Happiness is right in front of you. Feel it!!
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. – Denis Waitley