Happiness is ?

This one emotion drives the whole world forward despite the shreds of despair. It allows us to forget the miseries of our past, to come to a zone wherein we are in peace with ourselves and our surroundings. And happiness means different things to different people and in that sense, it really celebrates diversity.

For some, happiness is about doing the things they love, for some it is doing good to others or seeing their family/friends happy, and for yet another lot it might be just about getting that recognition in society which eluded them before. It is difficult to measure happiness and come to a defined set of requisites for it.

What according to You, dear friends is happiness and what makes you happy ? 

Leo Tolstoy once said, “If you want to be happy, be”. Can we really have it that easy?

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49 thoughts on “Happiness is ?

  1. True happiness lies in GIVING and being helpful to the society in some way. The happiness from materialistic, monetary or even professional gains are temporary and will fade away with time.. The thought of being useful or helpful to someone in some way brings in the happiness that doesn’t fade away with time.. There’s immense pleasure in seeing others smile and knowing that you are the reason for their smile.. πŸ™‚

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    1. Sneha, you put it in words so beautifully . Truly appreciate the nobility in your thoughts. The timelessness in being selflessly devoted to others’ happiness cannot be brought in any other way. Thanks for sharing your outlook, makes me happy too ! And I am sure, a lot of people smile with you around πŸ™‚

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  2. Great thoughts…
    Even among our lives, HAPPY state depends on different activities at different point of time. We humans are versatile….what makes us happy today may not after few months or years!! That’s like..that’s perfectly human Aishwarya!

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    1. Very well said Arv, thanks for sharing ( I wonder why on Earth WordPress put this in spam !)…But sometimes we misconstrue this reality as being confused -as to why we aren’t happy anymore despite doing the same thing again! And that’s where the trouble begins..or as you put it better, our versatility comes to the fore to explore other activities πŸ™‚

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      1. I regularly check in my spam folder. Till date I have never found any except real spam. WP generally sends all comments in spam if it accompanies any web address. but this was surprising. πŸ™‚

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  3. As I write in my upcoming book:

    Happiness is not something you search for, but a way to live your life.

    It is a ultimately choice that can choose, or ignore, every day of our lives.

    Sometimes we build a world around us that makes it impossible for us to be happy and at those times our only true reprieve will come from changing our world to one that allow us to be happy.

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  4. Hi Aish…is that your pic?
    Thanks for liking one of my poems and driving me here. Happiness, as you have rightly observed is subjective…as vast as this universe! πŸ™‚
    I have written about it many times. Here is an extract from my poem ‘The Valley Of Happiness’:
    Broken dreams didn’t bother them
    Happiness was not a destination
    It was harmony with their thoughts
    It was absorbing the radiance of stars
    It was merging into the dark clouds
    It was reveling in the glory of the rainbow.

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    1. Hello Ma’am, thanks a lot for visiting my page πŸ™‚ Yes that is a picturesI clicked in Jammu recently.
      I absolutely love that stanza written by you ! So wish to imbibe it within, in practice instead of being a seeker :). Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, looking forward to your blog !

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  5. Loved the post! To me happiness is a state of mind where you feel at peace with your soul. Nature for instance, makes me the happiest person. I feel completely disconnected from the world, and i really get to appreciate every detail life has to offer.

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    1. Thank you so much ! I have often seen nature lovers are the ones happiest in life, because as you rightly said they appreciate even the smallest of things that life brings along . . Thanks for sharing those thoughts πŸ™‚

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  6. Totally agree sometimes we have to forgot about ourself and make others happy out their happiness first and seeing them smile is just another thing we love it and for us it’s about loving our self treating us well and doing things we love and especially being nice love your post check out my blog posts since I’m new to the blogging world and let me know what you think x

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    1. Hi Sana , thanks for visiting this blog and sharing your thoughtful views on happiness emanating from selfless love and care😊 and a very warm welcome to the blogging world, I hope you love the journey here πŸ™‚ will surely follow your blog

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  7. AR,very true you are in your words:
    “It allows us to forget the miseries of our past, to come to a zone wherein we are in peace with ourselves and our surroundings.”
    I think happiness is not that easy but I feel it is always our choice.It is difficult to attain because being humans,we all subject it to terms and conditions.For example,subjecting it to an achievement or a future goal.I think learning the art of acceptance and chasing our passion can actually keep us happy.So we should do things which keep us happy.I know its not always possible but then the only option that remains for other boring things is changing the perception and finding means of entertainment,because work dine without happiness bears no miraculous results.

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    1. I am in awe of your maturity and precise grasp of life Shivangi !Read this three times over, because something exactly as you mentioned is happening with me these days. We always do end up subjecting happiness to terms and conditions, and in between life happens ! Would definitely heed your advice this time. Thanks for your very crucial views, you have been a messenger in disguise πŸ™‚

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  8. Dear friend,

    Another quote says: “What you think, you become” So if we think positively we surely will be positive in our thoughts after some time. – Often the back-ground reasons are our habits. When having bad habits they more or less resonate with a certain echo, like a mirror . And another reason why we are happy or unhappyt is due to cause and effect (karma) – so if we even are able to accept also less nice things happen to us then we may be above “normal reactions” . The most important thing: to surrender to God, in God’s will then we are no longer swimming against the tide… and can feel happy whatsoever happens with us. This of course needs time, developing time and not even death or violence can frighten such a person.

    Thanks for sharing, dear friend
    All good wishes
    Didi

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    1. Thanks a million ton Didi ! Have been going through a scenario in life, and with what you said about cause and effect fits so apt right now ! Really thankful to you for your suggestions, will try my best to live that way and spread the word around 😊 Cheers !

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  9. “Virtue alone is sufficient for happiness” – Almost every Greek philosopher. Happiness is not a thing. It’s not an emotion, a number in a bank account, or even a state of mind. Happiness is an outcome of developing virtue, the habits, dispositions, and personality traits required to excel in the areas of your life which matter most while understanding the relative importance of each practice you are involved in.

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  10. β€œHappiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” -Anonymous. I picked up this quote from The Book of Hygge. It’s interesting, how the Danes are the happiest people on the planet, supposedly, and it might be because they take the time to be with each other, spend time, and create that sense of community and warmth that is necessary for happiness. For instance, social climbing is frowned upon in work and in home. I love them already.

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