The Idea of Happiness

@gurujee (216)
India
January 11, 2011 10:24am CST
Why are we unhappy, even when we are filthy rich surrounded by friends and relatives? Man is an animal that worries, they say. How true it is! I remember the novel Three Men in a Boat written by Jerome K. Jerome. The writer goes to a library, where he lays his hands on a book of symptoms. When he enters the library, he is in a buoyant mood full of life and cheer. But when he comes out, he is totally different. Wearing a haggard look, he seems to have grown old in no time. He begins to think that he has all the symptoms of diseases listed in the book except kitchen maid's knee. So are most of us beginning to worry ourselves to death imagining things when nothing really exists. What is your idea of happiness, dear friends?
3 responses
@sql_cell (1429)
• Indonesia
12 Jan 11
It is hard to be happy, in a world filled with temptations. In order for us to be happy, we just have to be grateful, with what we have, and not too ambitious about something.
@gurujee (216)
• India
12 Jan 11
That strikes the right note, dear friend. Happiness seems to lie in our being contented with what we have and in our having a strong distaste for ambition of any kind.
@mdorki (125)
• Germany
11 Jan 11
Well, there are many things that make me happy. Though, a general idea is to have a place to sleep, something to eat, have someone to talk to and of course a good health. That is the basic level of happiness for me - luckily I have that. Then there are little luxuries that broaden the happiness even further like fast Internet connection, PC and (or) notebook, nice collection of books (of my chosen genres), some DVDs with movies to watch and few Euro of spare cash just in case I need it - that I have too. So, basically my life meats my idea of happiness. Only problem is that I need to work hard to retain it.
@gurujee (216)
• India
12 Jan 11
If you have access to all these basic amenities, it is well and good.You are indeed a happy person.However, if you get all these at no extra cost, life will really be dull. Your happiness is hard-earned and you deserve it.
• Philippines
11 Jan 11
just staying grounded on things that make sense and not worrying about the things that don't...
@gurujee (216)
• India
12 Jan 11
That makes great sense, dear friend.