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Happiness: A State of Mind

What is happiness? I believe happiness is a state of my mind. I tried to observe myself when do I truly feel well? I realized when I am happy I feel well, even if I was physically ill or medically diagnosed as ill if I am very happy right now I would feel well. There are many ways to describe happiness only those who are happy know what it means to be happy and I believe there is no one who was not happy at some point of their life. Everybody was happy but the problem was maintaining it. I hear people say they are happy when things are going well or going their way, when something doesn’t go the way they expected then their happy feeling disappears.

I took some time and ponder over my mind’s chatter, I realized that much of the time my thoughts are driven or controlled by external circumstances. And I have also realized that when my reasons of being happy or unhappy depends on some external conditions then the happiness are not stable. Because I believe if that’s what my happiness depends upon, since people and circumstances cannot controlled on every event or moment of life, my happiness will always be in the hands of others. It would always be at the whim of my circumstances. Once I was greatly impressed by the following aphorism of Eleanor Roosevelt "Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission."

I believe to be happy a man needs to do two things, he needs to stop relaying on external events and circumstances for his happiness and his unhappiness. In other words he needs to stop associating his happiness to what’s going on externally and he needs to overcome holding others responsible for his unhappiness. I believe the more a man will depend upon or making the job of people or circumstances to make him happy or blame others for his suffering and unhappiness, his happiness or joyfulness will be short lived and unstable. The second duty is to actively try to acquire a source of peace and a source of happiness from within. As Buddhist ideas & beliefs says, “Without inner peace outer peace is impossible." So a peaceful state of mind will be happy regardless of people and circumstances. If mind is not peaceful or agitated then even if the circumstances are very much in his favor he will find it impossible to be happy. So in other words it’s not what is happening that is making him happy or unhappy it is how he is reacting to those things that determines whether he is happy or unhappy. It is what are the state of mind is like, that determines his happiness or unhappiness.

I believe in the existence of a power or wisdom far superior of my own, that one can rely upon to cultivate a stable peace of mind regardless of external events and circumstances. I do accept that there is an existence of a force far above and beyond the limited capability of my understanding. It is of little concern if this force is called “God” or a supreme being. However, it is of utmost importance not to lose contact with this supreme power but to ask for guidance and vision and to pray for knowledge and better understanding of greater awareness. If this can be achieved I believe I shall be at peace and to be at peace is happiness. This I believe.…...

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