Happiness

Thought One

Yesterday I was reading “Happiness is a serious problem’ by Dennis Prager.

It stated that if you really want be happy, you have to work at it. You must  NOT  suffer from what he called ‘The Missing Tile syndrome’.  Imagine looking up at a tiled ceiling from which one tile is missing. The more you concentrate on it, the more it affects the enjoyment of the rest of the ceiling.

Now, in order to be happy, you can GET the missing tile, REPLACE the missing tile or FORGET about the missing tile.  In life there will be always tiles missing- and even when there aren’t, we can always imagine a more perfect life and therefore imagine that something is missing. That makes us unhappy. Do one of the above three with the missing tile in your life this coming year : Get it, Replace it or forget it

Thought Two

People pursue fun because they think that it will bring them happiness. Don’t get me wrong. I am really happy when I am having fun. Doing drugs, having illicit sex and eating fattening foods may be fun but does that path ultimately lead you to happiness?

Fun is enjoyable so people become fun addicts. The sad fact is that fun does not always lead to happiness. If it did, so many film-stars and tycoons would not be acutely depressed, or make attempts on ending their life.

Am I saying not to have fun? No way! Life would be boring without fun, but THINK before you embark on your ‘fun’ activity.

The Bhagavad Geeta states that, that which initially gives you pain, generally is a source of happiness in the long run. For example, your studies, your physical exercise, or any kind of discipline. Fun plays a constructive role in life. So for the most part, have fun while you are doing something constructive. The middle road is the road to happiness.

Wishing you all the fun,