Thursday, August 21, 2008

Happiness is not elusive

Is happiness elusive or are we the ones avoiding it?

Take a look in the mirror and ask this one question “Am I happy?”

I assure you, you will find it difficult to answer that for yourself and if you do give a quick reply it is somewhere between “Not just quite,” “No”, “I’ll be happy when...”

Don’t worry I know what you mean that is my problem too. See, when I want something so bad I am a bit restless and don’t feel good until I have it. I am restraining myself from total happiness or at least the joy of enjoying what I already have because of something I want to have.

When you lock onto desire for something (or someone), you build up expectations and we know unfulfilled expectations always cause unhappiness. The greater the expectation we have the deeper the unhappiness we feel.

Are we living in an increasingly material world that we believe that external things we desire can complete our happiness? Can we never ever be satisfied? When will it be enough?

Gaining the satisfaction with what we have is not easy because we are easily tempted to compare ourselves with others who have more or something different you wish you have too. It is so difficult not to envy and to not compete.

But truly I can say that is the answer to our quest: “Find joy in what you have and stop looking at what others have.”

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Don't worry, be happy! Smile!

These news caught my eyes last Friday (Aug. 15, 2008) in the daily newspapers here. It features one of my favorite relaxing song "Don't worry, be happy". Because according to the song when you worry you make it (your problems) double.

There's another song I also like that also illustrates the key to happiness or at least take us to the right track. The song Smile by Nat King Cole.

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, whats the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile.

So... as these songs suggest , DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY and just SMILE!

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