Happiness is the most sought-after emotion. It is the reason for the existence
of all beings. Happiness is not confined to the human world alone. Animals and
even plants seem to display happiness.
A young child is happy when it is well
fed and becomes sad when it is hungry. Even adults
succumb to the pleasures of food and associate this with
happiness. A bar of chocolate, an ice cream treat or a sumptuous spread at a
buffet all bring happiness.
People are happiest when they are having a meal and some drink. Plants that
are watered and are given enough nutrients will grow happily.
Clothing and accessories too bring happiness. Toys and gadgets, presents and
red packets bring untoward joy. Even a pet
cat or dog will show its happiness at being given a toy or plaything. A ball of
wool or a plastic bone is all it takes.
Then, there is the house and the car, holidays abroad, a simple picnic or
even a movie that evokes happiness. Happiness is found in obtaining material
things or indulging in recreational activities. However, many are still not
happy with all these trappings of luxury. Why? Well, it all boils down to the
individual. Money can buy happiness to a certain extent but when all is
achieved, obtained and bought, there comes a time for the true sense of
Many have sought it in ashrams and from
wise men, but all it takes is an act of kindness and sharing. True happiness is
eventually not in the receiving, possessing and getting but in the giving.
Giving time, things, labour to those around us, loved ones or strangers is the
true happiness that lives on in our lives. Making others happy is the core of
being happy. It doesn't have to be grand or expensive but has to be sincere and
thoughtful. As Mark Twain once said, 'The best way to cheer yourself up is to
try to cheer somebody else up'. So, go out there and cheer someone up!