Happiness in Life Rishitha Gottipati COMM 171
May 20, 2015
People differ from each other in every single aspect like the way they think and the way they act despite of where we live in this world. Every single person has set their priorities and they have their own ways to be happy. We cannot say one common thing can bring happiness to all. Let’s take money as an example; most people believe that life would be worse without money and I agree with it, but it may not apply for many because people say even though they are wealthy enough they are not happy. So what makes people happy? What is happiness? Everyone has their own definition of happiness and if I am asked the same question, I would say happiness is the feeling of joy, an extreme pleasure, satisfaction and an intense feeling which cannot be expressed in words. There are many things that make people happy; it can be a small gesture of smile from an unknown person passing by on the road or it can be a really big achievement that we were working on since long time or as I said earlier it varies from person to person. Personally I believe there are three main factors that make us lead happy lives: Love, health and career. It is love that makes a person happy. Love changes people the way they used to be, it brings joy, pleasure and always transform them to a better person without hard feelings. Love can be between parents and children, brother and sister, husband and wife, friends, neighbours, teacher and student etc. Bertrand Russell (1969) states in his essay entitled “What I Have Lived For” that: Love brings ecstasy-ecstasy so great that he would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy and it relieves loneliness- that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss and love might seem too good for human life. (p. 64). One who loves oneself and makes others happy feels happier for being loved. One with the selfish heart and who feel jealous about others possessions cannot really experience the tinge of happiness even though they are truly loved by someone. Love has the power to solve any problem and it can lessen many ills of the society. Love is not confined to a closed group, it should be spread. For example, some one around us always needs our help to get on with their lives, but many of us with a narrow mind and keep debating with ourselves why should I help someone I don’t know; he is not my brother or friend. Instead, if we can think broader and act with kindness and humanity, you get to experience the real meaning of happiness and in such way you can be an inspiration to someone to spread love and kindness.
Health is an important thing that we must take care of, and happiness has a positive effect on health. Less stress equals more happiness. It is important to watch what we eat every day and keep ourselves healthier. A balanced diet and daily physical exercise are necessary to maintain a healthy life. Healthy body leads to a peaceful mind, which makes us to feel good about ourselves and to lead a pleasant life. Poor health would significantly affect almost every aspect of your life at least temporarily: your basic daily activities, job, relationships, independence etc. and hence it does have effect on your happiness levels. On prolonged illness you might develop anger on yourself and feel irritated on simple things which may lead to serious mood disorders. Although we cannot control everything that happens in our body, but for sure we can improve ourselves by adapting to a healthy lifestyle. Physical exercise brings happiness like walking, jogging or yoga or daily walks around the neighbourhood. Eating...
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