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Many of us would have been bogged down by the word happiness. But when I thought to write on this very word I asked myself what else can I write which have not yet been said. We have already seen movies like “Pursuit of Happiness”.  The Great Leader Dalai Lama have said in his book 
“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness”. Happiness is something everyone wants to have. So before moving further let me ask everyone to define happiness for themselves.

If you have associated happiness with money, power and success, Please Stop here and re- visit your definition. If this has been the case then we wouldn’t have seen all the high-society, rocking and successful people depressed or committing suicides. Actually it’s the other way round you may be successful and have a lot of money, but without happiness and peace of mind it will be meaningless. Normally people make the mistake of thinking that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But actually the amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. We try to confuse excitement feeling with happiness. When we live our life on positive narcotic moments to make us happy, how we will become happy? One day this living on the edge feeling will stop giving the excitement and we will feel lost. Can a promotion or salary hike or good examination result makes us happy? I am sure everyone on this will sing “In the end it doesn’t even matter…” How can any short-lived event create a long-term thing?

If happiness is associated with excitement then what it is? Even though English word happiness comes from hap or fortunate then why it is that happiness is not the stroke of luck. Happiness is actually within us but in this materialistic world with myopic vision we blind our universe with happiness with materiality. If I try to define Happiness from consumerism point of view we always want one more extra feature added to list for it be qualified to be happiness. And we create a vicious circle around ourselves. Happiness is actually anything and everything that would account for the feeling of elation and contentment. It’s in its basic nature, a pleasant feeling. Happiness is an overall feeling of satisfaction with life that pervades over longer-time periods. Happiness is being content even in adverse situation. Instead of searching it from external source we have to search it within ourselves and define our ultimate end and purpose of our existence. It is a goal not a temporary state.