Real happiness is an inward state
One with right understanding is aware that real happiness is an inward state — a quality of the mind — and should therefore be sought inwardly.
Happiness is independent of external things, though of course a certain degree of material security is necessary as a basis for inner development.
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness;Ramona L. Anderson
looking for peace.
They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions,
even other people,
hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them.
The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”
An individual is happy by nature. He just makes himself unhappy by negative reaction to external things. Sadness or unhappiness arises from frustration of expectations from others or even one self.
You can go anywhere in the world, to nightclubs and restaurants, to London or Paris and still not find happiness. If happiness were to be found in Paris, then all Parisians would be happy. If happiness is at home with the family, then you must all be happy – but are you?
Some practical tips:
- *Choose* to focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.
- Choose to smile more often. A smile is a choice, not a miracle.
- Choose to take care of your body
- Choose honesty. It is a less complicated way to live.
- Choose to help others when you’re able.
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. So, Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug.
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