Many define the aforementioned topic in their own ways. Some think if they get what they want instead of what they need, its happiness. Some think their wealth is happiness. Whereas, there are some who think their health is their happiness. But my mind always asks me “what is Actual Happiness in Life”. So, this is more or less my answer to my mind and also to share to some of the viewers who think in a same way as i do.
People pursue all kinds of things – money, relationships, power, social status, knowledge, skills. But why they do all these? Is it an essential necessities in one’s life? Or does it give them an actual happiness? As far as i am convinced one of the main reasons they do is because they believe, consciously or unconsciously, that it will lead to greater happiness in some sense. Money, for example, is normally just a means to an end. In some cases there’s a contentment in knowing you’ve done the right thing, created a benefit, or done something meaningful. So happiness, very broadly defined, is the real dynamic underlying so much of what we do in life, even if we’re not always fully aware of it. So, in this sense i would strongly support Harvard psychology professor Tal Ben-Shahar for calling happiness the “ultimate currency.”
People often think of happiness as something you get, or a state you get to. But the authors discuss happiness as a resource you can use to increase the chances of success in other areas, as “emotional capital we can spend in the pursuit of other attractive outcomes”.
Can millions and billions of your money in the bank will be forever in your account? Or will it be debited or credited in future? Can all your luxurious cars and the biggest buildings of yours be yours forever? Can the most beautiful wife and husband be together with you forever? Will you be the most powerful and famous man/woman for all times to come? If your answers to all these questions are “yes” i hope it may give you actual happiness. But as far as i am concerned and being in this country of Buddhism, i don’t believe you will answer any of them to be right. So, what’s the use in securing all these? what’s the use if it does not give an ever lasting happiness, actual happiness.
So, if you are happy with who you are, what you have and what you can do,,,I think there is no more than that requirements in our lives. If you think you have what you want and have no greed on what you don’t get, i hope there will be true rays of happiness shining over you. So, its very important for all the sentient beings who wish to be happy to be satisfied with all they have. Learn to reduce your desires, love to share what you have, Desire for nothing beyond your own reach….live within yourself,,,,,,,,you are what you wanted to be…HAPPINESS FOREVER THEN…