What is Happiness?


do I have happiness in my life

Scientifically, life is a series of activities, with every aspect contained within, from the smallest atom to the entire universe. 

Every activity influences other activities, creating what we know as causality.

Life is a string of activities we do every day to survive, and how we choose to survive is our personal decision.

Of course, our environment is also very influential in our decision-making process. Nevertheless, there is one thing that cannot be influenced. The one thing that motivates us to move and do the things we need to do each day.

It is the desire to live happily and the desire to have a better life than what we have today.

Some people say they don't need a lot of things in their life. I am not going to deny and say that this opinion is wrong.

However, I believe that their opinion is the same as saying that all you need for breakfast is a piece of bread every morning. It's not wrong. Yet, wouldn't it be better if that toast was accompanied by our favorite jam? Or perhaps a cup of tea or coffee? Or how about cheese and ham?

Maybe you think that you already have all you need and you are happy with the way your life is now. This is what we call thankfulness. To be grateful. You are being thankful for what you already have. And that’s wonderful.

Let's say that you own a bag, worth $ 300. You bought that bag with your own hard-earned money. Of course, you feel happy with the bag.

But what if you could buy a sought-after brand-name bag worth $ 300,000? Also with the money you earned from your hard work.  Will you be happier?

What about the time you spend with your loved ones? Your child, perhaps. Right now, you can probably spend every weekend with them.

Of course, you are being thankful for the chance to spend this time with your child. But, will you be happier if you can spend 5 days every week with them? Or even every day?  Would that make you and your child happier?

What about your job? You might be lucky enough to say that your job is okay and you are satisfied with the way things are going right now. But what would you do if a better offer comes along? Will you take that opportunity? Would you reach out for more happiness?

Life has differing levels of happiness.

We can certainly be satisfied with what we already have. However, the world we live in will always offer us something better than what we have in hand.

There will always be better food, a bigger house, more beautiful clothes, a more comfortable pair of shoes, a faster car, or a bigger income.

Do not mistake this with greed. Being greedy is to want better things without actually deserving or needing them.

But, by understanding the reasons behind the need to have better things, we are instead being motivated to do better things with our life.  

Always ask yourself this question every time you want something new:

"Why do I want this? Why do I need this? What good can I do with it? How will I feel once I have it?"

If all your answers boil down to 'Happiness', then you are on the right path.

Everybody has different wants and needs. We all have our own taste when it comes to watching a movie, eating your favorite food, buying a gadget, or starting a new hobby.

Everybody has their reasons. But, at the end of each reason is the desire to become happier than we are now. What would bring you more happiness?