What am I depending on for happiness?

Written by Suraj Shah.

“So long as I have a roof over my head, a decent meal each day and good health, then I’ll be happy.  I don’t need anything else.”

How many times have you heard this statement, or a variation of it?  How many times have you said something similar to this?

In the developed world, it’s far too easy to take the first two for granted – shelter and food.  For many, it’s too easy to take health for granted.

However, the reality is that good health is not something to depend on.  Neither is food,  nor shelter.

Happiness that turns into pain is not true happiness.  Happiness that leads to worry is not true happiness. Temporary happiness is not true happiness.

So what would make me happy?  To be able to discriminate between that which is permanent and that which is transitory.

That would keep me calm.  That would keep me grounded.  That would keep me centred.

When the day arrives that I can get to the heart of that, then nothing else need sway me.

4 thoughts on “What am I depending on for happiness?”

  1. Oh, what a great time to read this post?! I’ve these wonderful blog subscriptions I read every morning over breakfast and keep me motivated for the day. Yours included from now!

    But hey, the comment yes. My way of staying happy is about ignoring a lot of unwanted, being good to everyone and expecting less. Kind of detachment thing, like you talk of on your blog 🙂

    Awesome this little gem is!

    1. Thanks for your kind words Jaky.

      Having less expecations can bring great wealth into our lives. However, it doesn’t mean trying to stop other people from expecting things from us.

      In those cases, especially with family, colleagues and friends, we need to work hard to fulfil our duty. I’m certainly still working on it.

      Look forward to reading more of your breakfast-time comments 🙂

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