Finding True Happiness

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

Abraham Lincoln quoted “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” which throws light on the fact that happiness is a state of mind and one can be happy when he/she makes up their mind. There ware many ways one can find true happiness within themselves some of them are highlighted below:

First of all, one needs to be aware that the concept of happiness is subjective and differs from individual to individual. Once one is aware of  this, one can understand and be able to express what happiness means to them, and go ahead and achieve their happiness.

Although it’s subjective, there are certain common ways that can help one attain their happiness, irrespective of one’s subjective definition of happiness. One of such universals approaches to reach a happiness is to appreciate and find pleasure in the littlest and smallest things. This can be done when one does not have high expectations about self or others.

Another way to find a ‘short cut’ to reach one’s happiness is to make time for activities which help stay healthy and fit (physically, mentally/ emotionally and socially) … these could include activities of one’s own interest and that one enjoys such as sports, gym, creative hobbies, socializing activities with friends/ family etc.

Being surrounded by people/ things which make one happy is also a good way to attain an inner path to happiness. Although one’s surrounding does play a role on the way they feel and perceive things, one should make sure not to completely rely on others / external sources for their personal happiness. As mentioned earlier already, true happiness comes from within an individual.

It would be important to keep in mind that ‘it’s okay to be you’… One needs to learn and feel comfortable being oneself. One cannot be happy pretending to be someone else. A quote by Mahatma Gandhi stated “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”… This focuses on one being clear and open about their intentions and actions, (which can be done being oneself). This way, one need not suffer any kind of guilt or fear of being caught or exposed and are generally happy in nature.

Positive self-affirmations would also help pump in happiness in individuals. This would bring in optimistic approach without any stress in one who is aiming the perform his/her best (professionally and personally). This would lead one to be a generally happy person. Talking about giving one’s best performance, another positive approach to make it a happy and stress-free process is comparing one with oneself instead of others. Seeing growth and development within one’s own self will always bring inner happiness and satisfaction.

Openly expressing gratitude towards people and things that have helped and supported one to achieve would also add on to the general inner happiness of a person. This act would not only make one individual happy but also spread happiness and positivity which is another way to increase happiness within oneself.

It’s always necessary to accept changes in life. Of course some changes that occur in life would pull one’s mood down, however it should not stop one from being a happy person for a long time if one always hopes and expects the best and at the same time be prepared for the worse.

Quoting Dalai Lama XIV,  “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”… meaning, once one makes sure he/she does’t hurt oneself or others, through their actions, there will be more room to happiness and our world will be more beautiful to live!! Finally, it can be concluded keeping in mind Max Ehrmann’s  quote “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” 🙂

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