Happiness depends upon what you give, not what you can receive”. Gandhiji
Happiness is one of the most sought-after goals in life. Of course all of us want to be happy and there are many ways to be happy in life. Happiness is a choice. Simple things make us happy and bring harmony. Sharing what you have can make a difference. You can give somebody enjoyment by sharing your abilities and time. Indeed, the joy of giving is one of the finest way to be happy. Happiness is a feeling of inner peace and satisfaction. Mother Teresa found happiness in serving the blind, orphans, disabled and aged people. World believed that she was an extremely happy person. Florence Nightingale found happiness in nursing the wounded soldiers. So if you want to be happy, make others happy. The truth is that the source of real happiness is in one’s own inner self and not in the outside world.
About ninety percent of the things in our lives are right and about ten percent are wrong. If we want to be happy all we have to do is to concentrate on the ninety percent that are right and ignore the ten percent that are wrong.
During the days when India was divided into numerous kingdoms, a king visited the kingdom of another king. When he travelled through the kingdom, he found that there was peace everywhere and the people appeared to be living in happiness. The visiting king enquired about the reasons for this excellent situation. The host replied, “This is because of my four reliable guards”. The visitor asked who are these guards? “My first guard is Truth. Everybody in my kingdom speaks the truth and they are reliable. The second guard is Justice. Everybody therefore feels satisfied. My third guard is Non-attachment. My people are not attached to their wealth or possessions; hence they are not greedy. The fourth guard is Love. I love my people and they love one another. This promotes fellow feeling, mutual trust and happiness.
No self centred person and no ungrateful soul can ever be happy, much less make anyone else happy. Life is giving, not getting. Happy are they who cultivate the habit of seeing best in others, who takes no pleasure in telling evil things, but in forgetting them; who magnify all that is excellent and overcome evil with good. When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to show a light. When love hurts you, dare to love again….. this will bring true happiness.