The idea of a happy life differs from man to man. True happiness is just a state of mind. It is no way connected with material glory and eminence. There are people who think that happiness is hidden in wealth.
These people are very much sure that the rich lot enjoys life to its fullest. They do what they wish with no worry at all. If this were true, kings and millionaires would be perfectly happy. They would then know no sorrow. But this is not the fact. They are hardly happy. Again there are people who find happiness in high rank and authority. This is also not true.
Whatever may be the concept of happiness one thing is clear that there is no one in this vast world who is satisfied with what he has. It is human nature to wish for more and more and this is the reason of all the miseries. Hence a life of contentment is essential for happiness. One would be satisfied with one's present lot. There is no limit of worldly possessions.
If some one wishes to have all type of luxury things, it well be the invitation of sorrow and nothing else. Here we can quote the words of Swami Ram Tirth, "Easiest way to the greatest happiness is the most faithful use of what you possess." Our aim must not be acquiring more and more but keeping satisfied ourselves with what we have acquired.
We must always try to keep our mental state within limit. It is equally important to minimise our wants. Chirst, Buddha, Gandhi, all gave stress on the importance of voluntary renunciation of the worldly possessions to achieve true happiness the greater the simplicity of life, the greater the happiness.
Some people think good health is also very necessary for happiness. According to them a man with sound health...