Happiness. It is the ultimate goal of every human being as argued by the great philosopher Aristotle. We are all willing to do everything and give up anything just to possess it. But, still, we rarely find it. Why is this one transcendental good so hard to find? And if it is found, why does it slip away so fast?
This is so because we look for it in the shallowest things like material wealth. We depend it on major events like getting a promotion or having a new job. We always fail to appreciate what we have and grieve over the things that we don’t have. We count our troubles instead of our joys. And oftentimes (many are guilty of this), we spend our every hour thinking that life is just one continuous toxic event–that our everyday life is but a mere repetition of the many yesterdays that have passed. We get up from bed in the morning, go to work or to school, go home in the evening–that is how we dwell too much on the monotony of our life. Every passing moment, we think how colorless life is that we tend not to see the beauty of the simplest things that surround us.
With our busy life these times, it is not easy to grasp happiness in our hands especially when we are too much engrossed on our hectic schedules and demanding lifestyle. But if we will just alter our priorities and our perception of life, we will notice that happiness is just around the corner, quietly waiting for our attention.
Let us all shun away from being gloomy, and replace our frowns with laughter and smiles. Happiness is never too far. We just have to knock at its door, and it will open widely for us.
To be happy, we must eliminate our attachment from worldly things. We have to think that our life has a meaning. We must learn to appreciate the things that we have and must not ask for more than what we need. We should have something to do and to hope for. We must practice the art of compassion every time. We must cease to hate and break off in holding on to bitterness, but rather fill our hearts with love and only love. And we must not worry too much on the unfairness of life, instead fill our every hour breathing, living, and loving life despite all its uncertainties.
That is the real happiness–the kind that is not masked by fake smiles, but felt by the heart and reflected in the contentment of the soul.