What is true happiness? This is a simple question which philosophers like Socrates, Buddha, Krishna and many others have tried to answer. According to Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin journal, Science has been probing the concept of happiness. As much as we would love to have a theoretical definition of true happiness, fact is plain happiness, let alone “true happiness” is elusive, personal and bound to mean one thing or the other.
Today’s society mired in conquest for power, money and control, is grappling with the reality that true happiness is definitely not something to be found on the outside. Basing happiness on acquisition and possession of materialistic items is a shaky foundation to attaining true happiness. The challenge thus far has always been, what really constitutes true happiness.
In a bid to avoid splitting hairs on technical definitions of the context of true happiness, one could understand it is as a state of industructible happiness, that is happiness that comes from within. This kind of happiness is more understood through living the spirit of gratitude, optimism, eliminating addiction, building robust relationships, pursuing life goals and savouring life from moment to moment.
Gratitude: As said by Ralph Waldo Emerson “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Optimism: Holding hurt, resentment or guilt feelings can tie you to the past and make moving on a challenge. Make the choice to be happy by forgiving people who hurt you and moving away from situations from your past that brought you down.
Eliminate addiction: Attachment or obsession in any form is and has always been a source of unhappiness. Addiction could be of any possible temporary pleasure that leaves you in void later on; it could be of drugs, drinking, smoking, food consumption, sex or your relationship.
Build robust relationships: Positive relationships fulfil human beings in the most fundamental ways that sometimes money cannot. This is not to mean that money is irrelevant in your pursuit of happiness. Money is an essential ingredient just so is a sense of belongingness, care, affection, love or concern to fall back on when life goes south.
Goals and life purpose: Pursing fulfilling life goals brings a sense of personal growth, worth and satisfaction. It keeps you focused, inspired and undistracted. This in itself is a positive and energizing feeling.
Savouring life joys: Celebrating every little moments of life and living it to fullest is crucial in building a spirit of healthy satisfaction and positivity. Cherishing life moments bring a jolt of positive emotions like love, empathy, appreciation and so on.
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