Monday, June 12, 2006

Own It at No Cost

Happiness is a great feeling that we all aspire to have but when it’s there we frequently neglect it.

There is no person, in his right mind, who
would say that he wants to have a miserable life. Of course, everybody wants to be happy. But often times, we think that happiness is so hard to find. What most of us don’t realize is that the things that could make us happy are the simple things. We just don’t know how to appreciate it.

The question is "Why do we habitually ignore it?" In my opinion, happiness has become associated with material pleasures. When we are able to acquire the things that we always dreamed of we become happy. But does it satisfy us? I think the answer is no – a big NO. The next thing we will do is to long for something else. In short, we just keep on wanting more and more stuff. And when these desires aren’t met, our lives become disoriented. Thus, we turn out to be unhappy.

Sadness arises not because we fail to obtain our cravings. It happens when we have a wrong perception about happiness. There is nothing wrong with splurging your entire salary for a Gucci handbag or having a luxurious dinner in a five star hotel as long as your life does not center in attaining these kinds of pleasure.

There is a saying “The best things in life are free.” For me, happiness is something that we can own even without having to shell out a single centavo. If you believe in this, then happiness is indeed free.

So what are the simple things that make you happy? Think about it. And make it your own.

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