The Meaning of Life is Happiness!
Life is an interesting fenomenon, and during the recent centuries human beings of what we call the western world seem to have lost touch with nature, our origin. Through evolution we have become more aware of ourselves we tend to spend more time thinking about why we are and what to do with life.
However, philosophies rooted in east often seem to have a smaller gap to our inner selves and tend to provide some answers to this very question. Dalai Lama almost childishly simply but accurately states in his book The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living that “the meaning of life is happiness”. How much effort have we not spent on trying to figure out why we exist, and he gives the simple ansver on the very first page. Brilliant! What else could serve a better purpouse in life?
Now that we’ve figured this out, I think it is worth spending a few paragraphs on reflecting on how to make the most out or life. The flip side of the coin is that happiness means different things to different people. At the same time, this is also the beauty of it. The only one really able to tell you how to win in your own life is you! What makes you truly happy? Wether it is love, eating, popping pills, money, exotic teas or something else, you have spend a moment on just thinking about what makes you genuinely smile.
Another point I would like to make is that we need to consider the daily but small things in life. Those are the ones that make the difference. Investing time, effort, and money every few weeks or months is graet but not going to bring solid happiness. It will definitely cheer you up for a while and bring good memories to you – but in order to really be happy the source needs to come from your every day life. That is, after all, where you spend the majority of your time on this planet. Take a moment to think how to make daily stress at work of home enjoyable (if it currently is not) and make the total happiness stronger by taking a well earned break every now and day and really enjoy life as it was originally intended to.
People in what we call the western, civilized world, tend to have an inner drive for achievement and wealth but I’m starting to have a feeling that this is not going to bring complete happiness, i.e. percieved fulfillment in life.
Daydreaming and trying fulilling those dreams I claim can achieve much more in a lifetime that hard work aiming for wealth only, I truly believe very few of us can argue against that statement when our personal time comes to a close. Personally, I’m still learning how to walk my own talk, but I can proudly claim that I have taken the first step in my mind already.