Conquest of Happiness in modern life
Learn how to live and enjoy every single moment of life, and try to focus on things that truly matter in life. Life is a single chance on this planet. So, enjoy it fully. It had been quite rightly saying in the movie Dead Poets Society that ‘medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and are necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.' And quite truly we save just in order to spend, we work hard so that we can live and shape our life that way we want, don’t we? And the sole motivator behind all our actions is one single feeling: happiness. It is this blissful euphoria that has got mankind motivated and passionate about life, ever since the world was brought to life.
How can we define happiness?
Any entity which is non-materialistic is quite difficult to be described by mere words. However, by putting it in simpler terms, it can be said that happiness is an emotion or feeling, which comes from satisfaction, joyfulness, living a cherished life without anxiety and tension. According to scientists, an increased level of dopamine changes our state of mind and brings happiness in our lives. Dopamine is actually a type of neurotransmitter. Your body makes it, and your nervous system uses it to send messages between various nerve cells. This is why it is also called a chemical messenger. Dopamine plays a role in how we feel pleasure. It helps us, humans, to think and plan. Once we learn how to appreciate small things that happen in our daily lives, how to get pleasure by helping other people, we can understand the true meaning of Happiness. The bottom line, in order to make life lively, it is crucial to engage in the ‘pursuit of happiness’.
Walt Disney rightly said, “Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.”
What brings Happiness?
In a nutshell, happiness comes from doing or witnessing any action which you love to do, or love to witness. Depending of the preference of different individuals, the concept of happiness is quite vast and can differ from person to person.
According to many people, money and fame can buy happiness, but the reality is chasing after money and fame is not the key to happiness. There are many famous and rich people in our world who are not being able to bring happiness to their lives. Chasing after dreams is necessary, but once they get the success they want more and more, particularly more money, more wealth, more assets. This occurs because when they watch their friends getting into higher positions, and in their subconscious mind, they have thoughts regarding how to perform better to get more success which tends to end to a life without any happiness, joyfulness, enjoyment. I have seen poor people who don’t even get to eat two times a day, still manage to smile and help other people. If you keep track of trending videos, just take a look at ‘Sonu: The happy rider of Zomato’. The man does a back-breaking job and still manages to exhibit one of the most genuine smiles of happiness I’ve ever witnessed in the last couple of years.
“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”- Albert Einstein.
Is our new generation really happy?
This new generation is full of broken souls with happy faces. They ruin their childhoods chasing after how to obtain good marks, how to outmatch their classmates, how to secure a position in the good book of teachers. They are taught that their whole life is a competition, either you win and get the successor you lose and face the failure. Everyone knows that success brings happiness but what if you don’t get success in the first few attempts? Nobody taught us how to deal with failures. Depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts appear in their minds when they get failures. The main reason behind this is, we are being taught about happiness since our childhood, rather than letting us find our happiness by ourselves. For example, be it about asking children to score better than others for the praise of teachers, or the manager offering an incentive for a project, we run towards a goal because we are instructed that this will provide us happiness, without really asking us deep down, about whether this is worth it or not. In this generation, people are so obsessed with getting more success, that they don’t even get satisfaction in their workplace because in their subconscious minds one thing always running that they need to secure a better position, need to earn more money, which tends to lose their own identity.
Can friendship and relationship bring happiness?
Having few real friends in life is really great, but in the world full of fake people and toxicity we can’t really trust everyone. Most of our friends celebrate our success with us but when it comes to failure, only a few stays beside us. Ture, in bad times, the company of a friend can be the best comfort. However, it is equally important to evaluate to who should be our best friends so they don’t turn their back on us in bad times. Therefore, depending on friendship or relationship for Happiness is not a good option after all.
Helping Other People
What is the meaning of life? For me contributing something worthy to society can bring happiness in life. First of all, we should never let our parents down at any cost by hurting them saying inappropriate things. Bringing a smile on their face makes my life worth living. I find peace by helping people, animals. Do you want to bring happiness in your life? Try to spend one day with children living in orphanage homes, old people living in old age homes, try to do something for them, their smiles and blessings are enough to bring a smile on your face. Trust me, enjoying a movie on a multiplex shall give joy, true. However, the feeling of that happiness will be short-lived. On the other hand, try helping an elderly person with his/her chores, or helping the needy, and I assure you; every time you recall that memory in the future, it will bring a smile on your face.