How to find Happiness in Life ? 10 Practical Ways to Follow

Happiness is the ultimate goal of every living being. This happiness can be defined in short as a feeling of well being without any major painful conditions in life.

A person would not be happy if he has a long term disease, poverty, lack of knowledge, lack of respect, lack of luxury, lack of family and many more issues.

Some people can be happy with the presence of only a few things like good health and little responsibilities in life.

But on the other hand many of us believe, we can be happy if we have all the possible luxuries, people support, good health and a huge amount of wealth. And in thinking so many of us strive to achieve these by handwork. We spend their valuable lifespan to get these commodities. But we do not find happiness. So what is needed to be happy

1. Be satisfied with what you have

2. Lead a spiritual life

3. Work with a service attitude

4. Maintain healthy relations

5. Eat sensibly

6. Practice meditation and yoga

7. Do not take up beyond your ability

8. Watch out for stressors

9. Have a good company of friends or family

10. Live natural and environmentally friendly.

The desire for happiness is natural and seems to have existed since the time man was present on the earth. Even, there were many thinkers who suggested spirituality and social service as a way for happiness. I do agree these are the best sources of happiness. But still many of us do not follow these paths and take up wealth as the main route for happiness.A child has happiness and contentment in Life

The problem is we are unable to distinguish the difference between luxury and happiness. Secondly, we are always carried away by others. That is if some person appears to be happy because he has achieved some position or wealth, we think that achievement is responsible for his happiness. But we do not see the handwork and pain involved in that achievement. Besides, we also forget that he has to work all his remaining life to keep up that achievement or wealth with him. In doing so, he is mentally insecure due to the probability of failure and also putting his efforts daily to keep that achievement.

So in doing so, he is unhappy. Then that person would search happiness outside. Like he tries to listen to others or get habituated to abuse substances like drugs, alcohol, etc.

But as per some spiritual teachings, the actual cause of unhappiness is the desire. The desire for something will lead to sorrow, disease and even destruction.

This may seem to be boring to listen and understand too many. However, that one thing called desire is the root cause of poverty, disease, environmental destruction, social violence, etc.

So how to find happiness in life?

1. Be satisfied with what you have

Every one of us has something to be proud of in life. Thinking of that valuable thing with pride gives you happiness and also satisfaction. This makes you think better and work for betterment. For this, I will give examples of two people and their thought process.

One person has been born to parents with minimal lifestyle. But, when questioned about his prospects, he says, ” I am thankful to my parents for giving me a healthy body and mind without diseases. This is enough for me to grow up and prosper in life”.

To the other person who has been given good education, property and sufficient money by his parents, when asked about his prospects, he says ” if my father were in a high profile position, it would have been easy for me to grow to a higher position in life. Since he is not, I am unlucky and find it hard to grow up in life.”

Now seeing the two, whom do you think is happy and would work with satisfaction in life — the first one with meager resources.

So, being satisfied with what you have would make you happy and give contentment in life.

2. Lead a spiritual life 

Many times we might have heard about religion or spiritual growth. Both are different, but, one would finally fall into spirituality when they take up them.

Spiritual life is present in human life since historic times. Even great kings, rich businessmen, famous scientists value spiritual life to be the highest form of life.

This is because a person with spiritual life would have the least resources and worries, yet he is very happy and satisfied in life.

He is not in fear of losing something or even afraid if death. For me, the true essence of human life is to approach god or get enlightenment.

But there is catch here. Not everyone can become spiritual and also among those who are spiritual very few can achieve their goals. But, one thing is certain that these spiritual people or those in a company of spiritual people would be very happy and satisfied.

3. Work with a service attitude

As per Shri Bhagavat Gita, a person is duty bound to work but has no right and control over the output of work. So one should be least concerned with the outcome of his duty.

These lines tend to be hard to digest, but it is true to the core.

If we work with expectation, it always leads to sorrow as the results could be unfavorable. Even if you get an expected result, still it will not be complete or be short lived.

So, it is better to put our sincere efforts in the work we do but leave the results to destiny or god.

4. Maintain healthy relations

Healthy relationships are one of the vital factors for happiness. The sense of happiness affects the heart and mind to a large extent. It is found that those people who do not have good relations with others tend to have heart ailemetns.

Even you can notice, when you are happy with everyone around, you will be healthy and least stressed. But, if you are having personal problems even with one person in the office, you will be under stress.

So, to be happy, it is important to have good relationships with neighbors, colleagues and even the family members. Having a smile on the face and speaking with care can avoid most of the relationship issues.

5. Eat sensibly and the right food.

Food is a vital need and it can keep you healthy and happy if taken sensibly. But many times we tend to either neglect it or eat whatever comes in the way. This will not have immediate effects, but in the long run, it would lead to diseases, obesity and short life span.

Even the disomfort in the belly can affect your mind when you eat wrong foods.

As per Shri Bhagavad Gita, there are three types of foods like

a) Satva b) Rajo and c) Tamo.

Satva food is simple, pleasant and also easy to digest. They keep your mind and body happy. These foods include fruits, milk, curd, cereals and other vegetarian diets with less spice.

Rajo foods are those having high amounts of spice and when taken, they can excite your mind, disturb it or even irritate it. These include food like non-vegetarian diet, spicy ones like the burgers, pizzas, fried foods, etc.

They make you agitated, restless and short tempered.

Tamo foods are one which makes you lazy, sober and addicted. The foods could be rotten ones like the wines, stored foods, etc. Eating them will make you undisciplined, careless to work, or other vital issues. Your mind would be inactive and less enthusiastic.

6. Practice meditation and yoga

Yoga and meditation are gaining popularity recently. They were the essential practices of monks and saints of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc.

These practices tune the mind, heart and the body. In doing so, they improve health, thinking process and remove negative aspects like irritability, short tempered behavior, etc. They also imbibe in you the presene of mind and devotion to work and society.

So, practicing yoga and meditation would remove worries and keep you happy.

7. Do not take up beyond your ability:

This is a mistake many of us do during childhood or teenages. With growing age, we tend to avoid this.

Here we tend to take up the tasks beyond our capacity.

By this, I donot mean you should not take few risks in career, but what it means is, out if excitement, we take up few tasks though we are suitable to them mentally and also physically.

Taking such tasks will add a toll to our body and mind and sometimes, we cannot easily recover from it. So, it is important to be careful while we decide our career or life in terms of our ability.

8. Watch out for stressors

There are many stressors in life, like spending whole nights over the internet, television, drugs, etc. These can be even simple, like long drives, long work hours, night shifts, etc. These stressors would affect our mind and body over a period leading to unhappiness. Sometimes it would be too late to correct the mistake. So, always be careful with routine stressors.

9. Have a good company of friends or family

Having friends and family is always helpful to take the right path in life and also overcome stress. Whenever you are in a problem, this company helps you overcome it by giving suggestions and support.

And ofcourse you could ask me what if I don’t have family or friends. Then you should remember that you are never alone and your creator or almighty is always with you. You can ask him support with sincere prayer and you will be given the help. Try out once.

10. Live natural and environmentally friendly.

We have become addicted to technology and scientific innovations. One cannot live without electricity, mobile, automobiles, etc. But still being with them have some disadvantages besides the benefits. If you can notice them, then you can see real happiness in life.

Try to see the sky at night from places where there is no light. You will feel the brightness of the moon and stars, which can give an immense sense of peace.

Try to walk on the barefoot in a garden, farmland or even road. You will feel the difference of touch sensation in your feet.

Spend time with animals like the pets, cattle; you will notice that they are never under unnecessary stress. They sleep, eat, drink when they like. Doing so, they have a valuable thing called health and peace. Seeing them, even your mind would resonate with peace.

Remember all of our minds resonate with the ones around. If you are in a stadium watching a high voltage match, it would be impossible for you to sit quite because your mind resonates with the thousands of others there.

Similarly, your mind resonsates to nature and its beauty. Protecting nature by minimizing the misuse of water, electricity, pollutions would give you happiness.

Do you have any other points on how to find happiness in life? Leave them in the comments below.

Good luck.

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