Have you realized that there are those moments when thoughts just pop into your mind without your permission? This is because you probably don’t have control of your mind and thoughts. The fact that you can think, reflect on the…
Happiness is something that comes from inner peace and satisfaction. The more internally satisfied we are, the happier we would be. Different people have different levels of inner satisfaction. For instance: some people get satisfied with acquiring success. But the meaning of success is also different for different people.
Some people think whatever we have desired, and if we manage to achieve it, is actually a success. Whereas some other people think that building their own house is eternal success for them. Similarly, some think that having their own car is a source of satisfaction for them. Some even think that getting married or obtaining degrees in their education is a source of happiness. But for many others their love for higher status, wealth, physical beauty etc may also be the source of happiness in their life.
The False Perception of Happiness
To me, these could be means of happiness but not the ultimate and sole source of getting ‘eternal happiness’. These things are only meant for having pleasure or fun in life. Never before, the complex mysteries of this enormous world and the ability of a man to control the unfriendly elements of the nature were attained the way has now been attained today. Central heating, air conditioning, online shopping, open heart and laser eye surgery, and the list continues to near an infinity for all the advancement we have developed or discovered.
Despite of all these discoveries and the advancements in the field of science and technology, never has the goal of ‘happy and pleasant life’ drifted further away, like it has today. Which is why, globally, number of suicides due to depression has doubled in recent decades. Even, the number of anti-depressants consumption has doubled in recent years.
What does it all mean? It means, something is really going wrong. 21st century has told us how to fly in the sky but how to walk on the earth as a happy and content human being is what we are all still struggling with. When we sit down individually, we always ask questions ourselves why we are sad, why we are so depressed, why our depression is lasting too long? We are usually unable to pinpoint the problem. We feel that happiness is something that is in our hand, which is completely wrong.
Real happiness, is all unconditional when we give or spread then we in turn get inner hapiness. Our happiness in recent times has been manipulated as materialism. It is, as if we want to buy the happiness. Buying stuff, investing money and making money is the only source of happiness that has been left for us now.
For me, the sources of happiness could be many but…