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Why wait to be happy?


‘Wait till I achieve this particular goal – be it a promotion, success in a particular exam, marriage, retirement, birth of a child or the end of a difficult situation – and then I will be happy.’ We often use this expression. It is important to realise the futility of waiting for goals to be achieved and then becoming happy. It is futile because one goal is followed by another challenge, leaving us without any moments to experience our desired happiness amidst so many uncomfortable pressure points.

Happiness can be defined as a state of being, created while working towards a goal, not a feeling to be experienced after achieving the goal. This is simply because life is a journey with a series of goals.

For very long, we have associated happiness with achievement, and this has become an integral part of our modern-day belief system, as the speed of life has become faster and more challenging with each day.

We suggest a change in this ideology and associating happiness every day with (1) experiencing creative ideas; (2) experiencing your strengths, and skills by bringing them into action; (3) experiencing beautiful relationships with the self, God and others; and (4) experiencing goodness and beautiful virtues and giving others the experience of the same.



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