What is happiness according to your life?

Happiness has proven elusive for thousand of years or I can say for the recordable history of humanity. From philosophy people to the ordinary person in the street, no matter every walk of life, happiness is a subject about which too many books are written every year. If you go to your local library and look through the self-help section, it is almost inevitable for you to glimpse a book whose a portion of its title includes the word “happiness”.

Happiness eluded too many people and the list is endless; kings and queens looked for happiness during their entire lifetimes and they failed to find it.

Millionaires have looked for happiness before and are looking for it 24/7 and are eager to grab happiness by by its tale but happiness, for many people, is chasing a wild goose and they never catch it. (Read about unhappy millionnaires)

Can money buy happiness?

Most of the people who answer no to the above question and others stand between "no' and "yes" or they act as elusive as happiness itself.

The people who don’t believe that money can buy happiness quote logical, everyday reasoning that one cannot deny because, for instance, many rich people suffer anemia or don’t sleep at night at all due to other problems than lack of money.

The majority of the people who stand between “yes” and “no’ seem to be very cautious; they argue that if you are financially independent, then life becomes easy, which is a fact, I believe; I mean when you are driving the latest car, own a good house or whatever, life could be sweet as honey.

A minority of the people who stand between “yes” and “no” argue (or virtually lament) that money is the root of all evil or that money is not everything; I think their last argument (money is not everything) holds unimaginable amount of truth because, for instance, if you are suffering from depression, money might not help you at all other than than the fact that it can buy you anti-depressants to cure your depressive way of looking at your life.

Can you be happy below the poverty line?

There have been uncountable times for the human history whereby many people stayed away from material success to find happiness. However, Staying away from making money is not the answer to finding happiness. Well, what is happiness according to you?

A good article by VOA Special English-- please click here to read!

My favorite book on happiness

There are tons of books written about happiness and how to be happy. My favorite is the power of now by Eckhar Tolle. It is very beautiful book and it got the CD version if you want to listen.

Books by my favorite author Eckhart Tolle

Are you Happy? - Great Quotations of Happiness

Wisdom of the Buddha

Secret of Happiness - Education and Self Improvement

Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness

How To Be Happy

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NickSimpson 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Illinois

Great hub, we all want to be happy~! I especially like the video from Matthieu Ricard.

- Nick


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Abwaan 6 years ago Author

Thank you, NickSimpson.


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

We do all want to be happy, and most of us butcher the attempt at it, going about it all wrong. Or, perhaps, trapped in cultures that have made it easy to get it wrong. Your article and video choices made me think of Emerson's "Self-Reliance" which is one of my all time favorite pieces of writing. I think I will read it again today. So, thanks for this and for that. :)

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