Happiness to me is like a tequilla shot - hits you instantly and gives you a fiery pleasure.It is effervescent and ranges from contentment to intense joy. Barbara de Angelis says - 'No one is in control of your happiness but you. Therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change'. Do things that make you happy and bring out the best in you. Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you - said Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Happiness to me is meeting an old friend, talking endlessly and catching up on all the years, or spending a relaxed day with family at home and simply lazying around with dishevelled hair, or listening to my favourite songs and humming along. I feel happy when I watch the raindrops falling on my window. Its so beautiful to sit and admire the rain from my verandah sipping a cup of hot tea. Its sheer happiness to go on a long drive when its raining and then to stop over at a roadside dhaba and again sip tea with the rain drops trickling in through the roof of the dhaba. Happiness usually comes through small little things. It comes when joy is at its peak and it tickles the pleasure. There is a little connection between happiness and pleasure - sometimes one evokes the other. I think pleasure has got to do with the senses, where as happiness is independent of them.
Take a simple example of smoking - you may smoke, because it gives you pleasure. But it surely does not make you happier. There is an endless race to achieve happiness. Lucky are the people who can experience this feeling. Happiness is all around us. But people are afraid to experience it at times as they believe that happiness is always followed by unhappiness. Change is the law of nature and whenever there is a change we experience some unhappiness. So to avoid disappointment in the form of unhappiness we must be little detached from materialistic comforts. To experience happiness, which is inherent to our souls, we must make our mind calm and relaxed. Happiness is always within us - only that it is covered and hidden. Finding happiness is like finding yourself. You don't find happiness, you make happiness. So be happy and spread happiness.
Just ask yourself - Am I happy? If not, then what do I need to do to be happy.
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