Saturday, 25 February 2012

What is happiness?





"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder..." a quote from Henry David Thoreau (source: The Buddhist Blog).


A fantastic way of explaining what happiness is, isn't it? 


Happiness as defined by Dictionary.com is the "results from the possession or attainment of what one considers good". The problem with most people who never or only enjoy happiness for a short moment is their definition on "the possession or attainment of what one considers good". It's either too big or the thing that's consider good keeps changing after one possessed it.


I am not saying we should not set our goals and work hard for it. However, if we only believe that we will only be happy after we achieved our goals, then the duration we will be happy in our life, if any, will always be very short. Is it really worth the chase? What if you put everything into it and ended up not achieving that goal? We can never catch up with the future and that's a fact, right? So, why not enjoy the present, enjoy every physical possession and relationship we have now?


Let's all relax and enjoy happiness. The joy of having that butterfly resting on our shoulder.