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How to achieve happiness? Simple ways!

Updated on November 5, 2014

'Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.' -John Barrymore.

You want happiness more than anything else in the world. You feel worthwhile only when you are satisfied with your life. But you find it impossible to experience happiness in your fast paced life. You look at the external smiling facade of the rich and feel that they are the happiest people in the world.

Can money and fame make you happy?

If it was true all rich and famous people would be happy. In reality they too have problems. They too lack happiness. Happiness does not depend upon money or wealth. It depends on your mindset. But the hectic lifestyle you lead makes you tensed and stressed. You make your life torturous and agonizing by buckling under the various pressures you face.

‘How can I ever be happy when I have competition all around me? I have to be always on my toes to keep pace with others.’

Learn a precious lesson from a child!

Have you seen a child? He is always smiling and happy. Where does he find his happiness? His mind is free from worries and he does not fume and fret about anything. He is not bothered by outward hazards.

But can you say the same about you? You begin the day worrying and end the day worrying. You do not enjoy good relationship with your spouse which makes your family life lack happiness. You are worried by the competition in your work place. You take your temporary failures too seriously and feel that you are born to be defeated.

Solutions are always there!

Do not let any hardships affect you deeply. Everything can be handled and solved. You should begin the day in a happy state of mind. Spend happy time with your family as it acts like an energy booster to work with proficiency in your workplace.

Work place is not a tension place!

You should have a positive mentality in your work place. You should have compatibility with all your colleagues. Is there a bully at your workplace? Does he torment you? Handle him with assertiveness and let him know he cannot take you for granted. Be sincere in your work and enjoy it. Everyone has different work efficiency. So do not compare you with others. Comparison is a bad trait which mars happiness in all aspects of your life.

My experience

I am very new to writing. Initially, when I started writing I read the articles written by experts. I was very apprehensive as I did not have their efficiency.. I felt myself very wanting and insufficient. I was unhappy, thinking I was dull witted and incapable of writing.

Then one day I told myself, ‘why worry, everyone have their own style, I will try my best. I am sure there will be people who like my style of writing also.’ This relaxed and happy state of mind has cleared my brain of its lethargy. I now find writing an enjoyable experience.

Family is your treasure!

Your family is your treasure and pleasure. You should cherish and love them. Do not take your work tension home. It makes you and your family unhappy. Spend quality time with them and take them out to relieve your tension.

During the weekends show them your culinary talent. Surprise them with gifts and feel an inner glow in their happiness. Share wonderful moments with your pets and feel your heart overwhelm with happiness in their innocent and playful behavior

Once in a while spend time in an orphanage or an old age home. You will thank god for whatever he has given you. You can gift the deprived people with things they need and feel content in their happiness.

Small things can give you happiness!

Be happy in small things also. The other day I was shopping for earrings in a typical Indian platform shop. To my happiness I saw the exact color earrings my daughter has asked me. Its price was less than a dollar. The earrings matched the new dress she had bought. When she saw it she gave me a happy hug. Her pleasure was mine.

Affluence is not happiness

There is a mistaken notion that only richness brings you happiness. A big bungalow, latest car, TV and other high technology innovations are your status symbols. But it does not signify your happiness. If wealth was a criterion for happiness then all rich people must be the only happy ones.

‘Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.’ –Dalai Lama

Your happiness is in your mind. Be happy that god has created you without any physical impairment when you see the handicapped. Be happy that you have a family when you see the orphans. God has gifted you with endless blessings. When you count your blessings you see the world with new happiness.

© 2012 mathira


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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      You are very right Vinaya, we should always count our blessing.

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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      Happiness is not an elusive thing as we assume it to be, it is within us.AliciaC, thank you for your good comments.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Yes, a happy face can make us happy. Your words are very inspiring. I believe, we must be happy with the things we have and not with the things we want.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your idea that we should be happy about the little joys in life, like experiencing a wonderful moment with our pets, or being able to give a gift to our loved ones, even if it is small. I also like your idea that the happiness of others should be our happiness too! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      Thank you Katrine for your positive comments.

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      KatrineDalMonte 6 years ago

      Yes it's often those little ordinary things in life that make us happy and enrich our lives in positive ways. No money in this world can buy inner happiness :-)

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      mathira 6 years ago

      rambansal, you always inspire me with your encouraging comments and thank you for visiting.

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      Ram Bansal 6 years ago from India

      Nice hub and confirmatory to my viewpoint.

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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      carolinemd2, thank you for your comments and I appreciate your regular visits to my hubs.

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      Caroline Marie 6 years ago

      Mathira I agree that you need to be happy with the simple things in life. Thank you for sharing.

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      mathira 6 years ago from chennai

      How true you are Mypath, and thanks for visiting.

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      Mypath 6 years ago from California, USA

      Rich things don't bring happiness they bring only comfort or luxury. nice hub. As long you have less expectations and more qualities to give, share, help and love fellow beings happiness will be with you.