An Essay: Happines

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Happiness

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Burton Hills

In this life everyone desires happiness. One who doesn't want it is either a God or a very mad man. Though happiness is a universal wish, yet only a few are lucky enough to get it. Different people have different ideas about the ways and means through which they can enjoy it. As a matter of fact, the meaning of happiness is generally misunderstood. Many people fail to differentiate between pleasure and happiness. Pleasure is short lived, while happiness is lasting and permanent. Pleasure is divided through a satisfaction of the desires of the senses, while happiness is a matter of soul. Different people suggest ways for getting happiness. Some people think that happiness can be had through wealth and worldly possessions. But if this were true, kings and millionaires would be perfectly happy. They would then know no sorrow. But this is contrary to facts. Everybody knows the story of Great Alexandr whom even the great empire failed to make happy. Similarity, it is also wrong to think that happiness can be derived through a high position and authority. A life of peace and contentment is essential for happiness. One should be satisfied with what one has. In the words of Swami Ram, "Easiest way to the greatest happiness is in the most faithful use of what you possess." It is very true, as one poet said, "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!" A man, always worried and always trying to get more, can never be happy. We must always remember the words of Neron: “Who smiles often, he finds happiness.”. All religion teachers have emphasized the ideal of a simple life, for such a life alone is conductive to real happiness. We must always try to minimize our wants. In the East, Sufizm emphasized the importance of voluntary...
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