The real meaning of happiness

The real meaning of happiness

Happiness is the key to living a quality and peaceful life. No matter who you are, what you do or where you are from, one thing we all have in common is the constant quest for happiness. This is a question that has been answered millions of times but very rarely perceived to its fullest. Often people begin with the right mindset but it eventually gets blurred or even forgotten. In this article, we’ll discuss how true and lasting happiness can be achieved.

Before talking about happiness let’s talk about how other emotions are often perceived as happiness which is nowhere close to it. Escaping from the ‘daily routine’ is not happiness nor is buying something expensive  If you associate those feelings with happiness, then probably you might spend an entire lifetime without truly understanding the real meaning of being happy.

Happiness is a sense of satisfaction, meaningfulness and fulfilment. True happiness is having meaningful relationships, and work that fulfils and satisfies you. People often complicate their lives too much when in fact it is as simple as it gets; in order to be happy you need to find something that you love and spend your time mastering it. Yes, it is that simple.

People often argue on this topic by saying “But what about money”, the answer is, money is counted in numbers and numbers never end, so there won’t ever be a single number that would satisfy you or fulfil you. On the other hand, spending time mastering your craft will give you joy, satisfaction and fulfilment on a daily basis. Seeing yourself improve will motivate you to become even better. You will spend hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades doing what you love and that is the truest form of happiness.

The other most important thing is having meaningful relationships. You don’t need to have 100s of people in your life to be happy, all you need is a few but meaningful ones, be it with your friends, family or others. Having someone that you truly care about will give you a sense of belongingness and destress you after spending a rough day.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller.

-By Vrutika Dawda, Director, IdeateLabs