Many people today are not as happy as they wish to be. Technological
advancements have made our lives easier and more comfortable. We enjoy higher
incomes and better standards of living as a result of progress and development,
but happiness has remained a rather elusive
goal for many of us. Our pursuit of material wealth and worldly possessions has
robbed us of the contentment that we long for.
What is happiness and how can
we obtain it ? Happiness can be defined as a state of mind characterized by
feelings of contentment, satisfaction and pleasure. People always think that
their achievements, education, career, family and financial security can make
them happy but later find that happiness is not always the end result. We can
own and live in a beautiful home, afford a lavish lifestyle, wear designer
clothes or drive expensive cars and yet we may be unhappy. It is a misconception
to think that having lots of money can make a person happy. What then can
provide lasting happiness ?
Abraham Lincoln once said, 'You are as happy as you make up your mind to be.'
Happiness is a matter of choice. We can make a choice to be either happy or sad.
Being satisfied with who we are and what we have can make us happy.
Unfortunately, there is no short cut to happiness. we should first set our goals
and determine the areas in our lives that are important to us. Then we should
strive to attain these goals. we should make a conscious attempt to change what
we can and accept what we cannot.
Being optimistic can aid in creasing our happiness. Always think that life is
going to get better. It helps to have a positive outlook. Dwelling in the past
and ruminating about something that went
wrong can lead to depression. At the same time, we should never try to compare
ourselves with others. It will only lead to unhappiness. Instead, we should
count our blessings and be thankful for all the good things we have -- good
health, family, friends and education. Happiness starts at home. Therefore, we
should all try to improve our relationship with our parents and siblings.
Research ha shown that happy people live longer, are healthier and are more
successful. they also enjoy more fulfilling relationships and are respected by
others. Therefore, instead of brooding over
our pains and sorrows, we should always keep ourselves busy and find pleasure in