My Idea of a Happy Life
We all wish to live a happy life. But few can tell how to get happiness in this world. Experience teaches us that unmixed happiness is not a thing of this world.
In my opinion a happy life means that life which is free from cares and worries. This freedom from worries cannot be obtained with a lot of money. It can be obtained by habit of mind. Many people worry about small things. Many of us worry about the future and the trouble that will come. However mostly these troubles never come.
Money is a necessary thing but it is not the only thing that will keep us happy. So many millionaires spend sleepless nights. I want enough money for my normal expenses but not excessive money. Health is wealth is a famous quotation and I full subscribe to it. A healthy body and a healthy mind is essential to keep one happy. A sick man can never be happy. He will want to die rather than to live in misery. A healthy person can work hard and sleep well. He can eat well and enjoy all the good things of life.
I want to possess only those many things that I need for myself. I know that many numbers of things cannot make a man happy. The more things a man has, the more he wishes to have. He is never satisfied. A content man only can be happy. Midas, with all his gold was a sad man while a goldsmith is happy with his small earnings.
To be really happy, a man should lead a truthful and honest life. He should help his fellowmen and love them. A man loved and respected by other is always happy. To be guide by love in all the action is the key to happiness. We should love and fear God. We should love faith in him and pray to him.
Thus we see that a happy man is he who has enough to eat, who enjoys sound health, is contended leads a truthful and honest life and has faith in God. Such is my idea of a happy life.
Essay No. 2
My Idea of A Happy Life
We all wish to live a happy life. but few can tell how to get happiness in this world. Experience teaches us that unmixed happiness is not a thing of this world.
In my opinion, a happy life means that life which is free from cares and worries. This freedom from care cannot be got by plenty of money. That we can have by a habit of mind. Many people are found worrying for small things. Many of us worry about the troubles of the future that have not come and may never come.
Money is a necessary thing but it is not the thing to make us happy. We see millionaires passing sleepless nights without any physical trouble. I want money so that I may run my life smoothly. More money I do not like to have.
I want healthy. A sick man can never be happy. His life is miserable and he wishes to die rather than live. He cannot work to earn his bread and will have worries for future. A man with a sound health is happy even if he is poor. He works hard and sleeps soundly. He gets good appetite and takes delight in simple food. His work gives him joy. He is happy.
I want to possess few things in this world. I know that any number of things cannot make a man happy. The more things a man has, the more he wishes to have. He is never satisfied. Midas was not happy with all his gold because he was not contented. Blacksmith is happy because he is contented with his poor earning. Hence a happy man should be contented.
To be really happy, man should have a truthful and honest life. he should help his fellowmen in trouble and love them. Such a man should be loved and respected by others and he will be happy. A man who hates others and envies his neighbours, can never be happy. To be guided by love in all the actions is the key to happiness. We should love and fear God. We should have faith in him and should pray to Him. Thus we should live and do our duty not for reward but because it is our duty.
Thus we see that a happy man is he who has just enough to eat and to feed others, who enjoys a sound health and is contented, who lives an honest and truthful life and who does his duty with faith in God and love for his fellowmen.
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Our entire lives seems to be motivated by a search, most of us believe in and have an image of an ideal state we want to be, in which we believe we would be happier. Unfortunately, very few ever get to realize this state.
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Happiness is subjective, thus has no constant definition, everyone has their own rightful idea of what it means to be happy, this may be motivated by a religious/spiritual goal or a more mundane target, for many the concept of happiness invariably revolves around money.
Over the years many teachers and philosophers have examined this idea of happiness, teaching that the concept of happiness is mental, you do not need material to be happy, happiness is created rather than stumbled on. They teach us to look within ourselves and find happiness and when we do, we must nurture it to make it grow and give shade to the world.
But what does it mean to be happy?
How can we explain the feeling that comes over us, we are relaxed and filled with smiles, we see life positively and are filled with energy. Happiness is indeed a strange fellow, throughout my life, profound experiences with it has imprinted indelible lessons in me.
As a young boy from a middle income family, life was not necessarily hard but we did not always get everything we wanted. Although I was only a child of about 4 – 9 years, I felt satisfaction, I was happy and my family was happy. This was my first conscious experience with happiness; I can still remember how we sat around and shared jokes, everyone laughing heartily.
We had happiness, inexpensive and quick to summon. Happiness is about the meaning of the moment to you, it is about how much we value our experience at that moment, so as much as a person may find happiness in wealth another may find it without spending a dime. It is bought with the heart not physical money.
Another of my experiences with happiness came watching football match. The team we were all (at least a majority of us) supported scored a winning goal in a very competitive match, the cinema burst into screams, people from every corner of the room, shouting and celebrating with each other, completely letting go of attachments they clung on to moments earlier.
This experience was particularly important because the cinema was filled with groups of different religious affiliations, who did not see eye to eye, heated confrontations days earlier had put the town on the brink of battle. But here, in a chocked, smelly room, far, far, far away from all the splendid religious centres, they found it, the one thing that years in these splendid centres did not give them, peace.
Happiness momentarily brought sworn enemies to handshakes and hugs. I really understood then, the pettiness of some our most treasured stances. We are frequently blinded by the darkness as we dig through the tunnel of life; happiness is a spark in this tunnel, an opportunity for us to see our surroundings, progress, mistakes and the way forward.
The most successful and productive people in the world take advantage of this spark, adjusting themselves and finding motivation to dig on in this tunnel of life. My idea of a happy life is one in which we all learn to think as these productive and successful people do.