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Meaning of Happiness, Varies From Man To Man

Updated on April 2, 2013

What Is Happiness?

Happiness is a word which is loved by all. It may be described as a condition in which a man is free from all cares and anxieties and can enjoy only pleasure and satisfaction.
So, everybody wants to be happy in life, but everywhere he is in tension. In fact, human life consists of joy and sorrow. They come in one's life by turn. None can live in the perfect domain of happiness. One must experience the bitterness of life. Happiness cannot be bought with money though most people think that if one possesses money, one can live in happiness. Actually it is wrong idea. May be money is an essential factor in life and it has something to do with happiness but it cannot bring happiness.
The idea of happiness is quite different to different people. To a rich man, more money is happiness; to a poor man who cannot earn his meal, the supply of his meal is happiness; to a very hungry man, a good dish is happiness; to toll collector, more collection is happiness; to a sick man, coming round is happiness. Thus we find that everybody has his own idea of happiness. But none of the above people can be happy even if his object is fulfilled.
As happiness cannot be bought, we have to bear in mind that true happiness consists in contentment. Most of the people of our society are not content with their own position. The more they get, the more they want. So, they cannot think themselves happy. They always believe that the grass is greener at the other side of the fence. We may find that a rich man leads unhappy life. On the other hand many poor people are living happily. Thus happiness is the name of only a feeling of the mind and that is the feeling of contentment. Marcus Antonnus has rightly said, "No man is happy who does not think himself so." So, we can say that a man can enjoy happiness only if he feels contentment with what he has and thinks that he is happy.

There is happy and unhappy people all over the world


Happiness Is Mainly Related to Mind:

This is a very important thing. You may have loads of wealth in your possession but that will not lead to the conclusion that you will be happy. There are numerous examples where we can see that wealthiest people of the world have gone through numerous situations of mental unhappiness and eventually many commit suicide. This is because of being very much wealthy they created a barrier with the normal people. And as a result, they become isolated from even their close ones. Eventually, they became completely alone at the later stages of their life. That’s why they become very much depressed and as a result those suicidal acts. On the contrary there are many people, who were not that much wealthy but due to mental satisfaction, they were very happy throughout their life. That’s the point we are trying to visualize. So if you want to get the ultimate happiness then try to set your mind so that you can be happy with what you have. Then you will not have to search for happiness throughout your life.

There is a big difference between the happiness of the child and the happiness of the adult


Do you think anything other than mental satisfaction is necessary for being happy?

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Wrong Concept and It’s Consequence:

Many people have a wrong concept in their mind. That is money is prerequisite for happiness. Yes, money is very much important but that is not everything. You cannot buy happiness with money. Why so? It is because with money you can just buy the accessories that will bring happiness. Even in that case, it is your mind that will be detrimental in case of whether you are happy or not. Many people spend their whole life searching for ways of earning money as they think that it will bring them ultimate happiness. Ultimately, very few of them become successful. It is because once they start getting money, they look for more and this thirst never ends eventually. As a result they are never satisfied with what they have and look for more and more. This leads to ultimate unhappiness though they think that they will be happy at any stage of their life. On the other hand, a person who is happy with what he has does not look for more. If he gets more, he is happy. Even if he does not get more, he does not become dissatisfied. That’s why he needs not to search for happiness in every step of his life. He can lead a hale and hearty life with his limited wealth.

So Try to Be Happy With What You Have:

That’s why it is suggested that you should try to be satisfied with what you have. Yeah, the happiness level will vary from person to person. But still the point will be mental satisfaction- if you can get that then you will get ultimate satisfaction. So always try to be happy with what you have in your possession. Then there is hardly any way that you will not get the so called “happiness”.

To keep yourself happy is a big deal but if you really try your best then it will easier for you to do that.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Happiness truly has to come from within a person and one's mental outlook on life. External circumstances of course have an impact but even then it is how we confront those circumstances that matter most. Very philosophical hub! Nice job!

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      Meaning of happiness, in a philosophical contemplation, varies from man to man, but according to the United Nations Human Development Report money is the first happiness driving factor, second is freedom.

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      Mavhe Quijada 6 years ago from Taguig

      Hi breathing, I like the thought about happiness being not bought. That is absolutely right. Also, I would like to add that happiness must be found first in our own hearts. It must begin in ourselves. How satisfied are we in our life and how we appreciate simple things.For me, happiness is also affected by how loving a person is. How he sees things and consider them wonderful. I also agree with you that contentment is one of the best source of happiness. Good hub. I'm voting up.

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Sorry, not to correct your grammar or spelling, but your title should be "Meaning of Happiness, Varies from Man to Man". You can delete this comment, if you'd like. :)

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      BethBrown 6 years ago from Florida

      I actually blogged about this a few weeks ago. It is amazing how powerful the mind controls emotions. My favorite saying lately is: "I love my life. I hate my checkbook", because if my financial position was better, my life would be next to perfect. So, can money buy happiness. Of course not. But can money offer stability and some peace of mind? Yes.

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      Sajib 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thank you Phil Plasma for your feedback.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Something I learned earlier on in my life is that happiness is a choice - being happy is something that we can choose given any situation. Happiness comes from within, it doesn't come from outside. While this is easy to say, it isn't always easy to live this way. Great hub - I agree that contentment has a lot to do with it. I've given you a vote-up and awesome.

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      Sajib 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thanks, Sweetie. You are absolutely right. Folorunsho, thanks to you for your nice comment.

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      folorunsho80 6 years ago

      Great hubs,You are right my brother, happiness cannot be bought,our wordily achievement can only give us short term joy,the only thing that can make a man happy is the joy that our Lord JESUS CHRIST will give to us when we accept Him has our Lord and Savior.With the joy of thy Lord in us we will be contented with want ever He give to us and our mind will always experience happiness.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi breathing , there is no such thing as absolute happiness . You have to find happiness in your surroundings and my dad once said in wait to big happiness we don't enjoy small things in life. So real happiness is in small things of life like first words of child or smile on face of children and things like that