Recently over a friend gathering session, we discussed the topic on happiness. There were few heated arguments on the happiness index of Singaporean, which I will not cover in this post.
Rather, pertaining to pursuing happiness, it just bewildered me that when has it became so complex, that it seemed that you might need a PhD to understand it.
What do you see from this photo? A lonely old man or a walkway full of happiness?
Your definition of happiness?
What makes you happy?
I guess we are so obsessed over chasing materialistic benefits that the answers I got from people were usually linked to some sorts of monetary stuff such as to own a house, a car, having lots of cash in banks, etc. Some others, on the other hand, are less materialistic. They just wanted emotional benefits, such as getting married, having kids and a group of close friends, etc.
However, if you take a step back and look at these answers, you will realised that they actually depend on something for happiness. The problem here is that what if the thing you depend on for happiness is no longer with you? People around you will come and go, marriage can fail and fortunes you made can be lost in a day. This kind of happiness is just so fragile.
So you might ask again, so can I find true happiness that last?
In my opinion
In my humble opinion, my answer to happiness is that you will need to just unlock your mind and programmed it to receive happiness in the simplest form! Although you could argue that said is easier than done, but do you still remember during the times when you were still young, how easily you can feel happiness and to let your emotions out? We were easily amused, laughed at the ‘lamest’ joke, entertained by the simplest things in life. How can we possible able to do it when we were just a kid yet as a matured adult we can’t?
It is when you regain the skill of appreciating simple thing in life that happiness comes.
Some suggestions are:
1. Learn to live in present, do not wait for your definition of happiness to happen. No more ‘if’ and ‘unless.’ The keyword is now.
2. Learn to appreciate the little things you have in life. Taking stock of what you have now and be grateful you have them!
3. Learn to love yourself more. Taking good care of your health and well-being.
4. Learn to choose to see the good and not the bad in all things. Yes, is a matter of choice. Go ahead and choose happiness and you get it.
A simple example
Lately Singapore is experiencing a flower blooming season. This is believe to be triggered by the recent dry spell, resulted in mass flowering on trees including the Angsana plant that you see from the picture at the top of this post.
How can you derive happiness from this? Just take a look at how simple it is for kids to feel happy in the video below:
Sometimes the happiness you can get, comes in the simplest form and best of all, is for free. When we were born, we were welcome to this world with the joy of our parents. Therefore, it should be right to mention that we are born to be happy.
We should always keep in mind that true happiness is not far-fetched goal, and in fact, it all begin with ourselves – our mindset.
Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself – Ralph Waldo Emerson