What is Happiness?For decades and decades, people have been trying to point out what happiness actually is. Philosophers have tried to dig deeper into the phenomenon. About why two people behave differently in different situations. Why some people are happier than others. What are the paradigms that make people happy?
We are not going to discuss each and every definition that those great people have provided. In this article, we will be focusing on the actual definition of happiness.
If you see happiness as having a lot of money, a lot of clothes to wear, lots of people gathered around you to praise you. These are not the actual meanings of happiness. All these pleasures can be defined with other respective words. Happiness is something different. In simple words, you can say that happiness is a state of being satisfied with what you have. What you have achieved, what you have not lost.
Happiness can be earned by investing in yourself. If you have goals to attain, you are passionate about them but you are not working towards them then you will not find happiness until either you satisfy yourself by changing goals or achieving the goals that you have already set. You may hear people saying that you don’t have to be stressed all the time, but it’s not actually in your control when you are craving for something serious. This is the point where people stop believing the process and end up being disappointed. Everything takes time to build, every skill takes time to acquire, every honour is the fruit of your hard work and time.
In simple words, you are satisfied; you are happy. Your needs are fulfilled; you are happy. Your path and vision is clear; you are happy.
Life is not always good to us, not every situation is a winning situation, not every path is the one you desired for. We divert, we fail, we lose, we win. This is life.
Let’s discuss a very famous story:
“Col. Sanders was a fellow who really loved to share his fried chicken recipe. He had a lot of positive influence from those who tasted the chicken. Now, the Colonel was retired and up in age and while most people believed in the sanctimony of retirement, the Colonel opted to sell the world on his cool new chicken recipe. With little in terms of means at his disposal, Colonel Sanders travelled door to door to houses and restaurants all over his local area. He wanted to partner with someone to help promote his chicken recipe. Needless to say, he was met with little enthusiasm.
He started travelling by car to different restaurants and cooked his fried chicken on the spot for restaurant owners. If the owner liked the chicken, they would enter into a handshake agreement to sell the Colonel’s chicken. Legend has it that Colonel Sanders heard 1009 “no”s before he heard his first “yes”.
Ok, let me repeat that.
He was turned down one-thousand and nine times before his chicken was accepted once!
Colonel in front of his first KFC store. The deal was that for each piece of chicken the restaurant sold, Sanders would receive a nickel. The restaurant would receive packets of Colonel’s secret herbs and spices in order to avoid them knowing the recipe. By 1964, Colonel Sanders had 600 franchises selling his trademark chicken. At this time, he sold his company for $2 million dollars but remained as a spokesperson. In 1976, the Colonel was ranked as the world’s second most recognizable celebrity.
It’s amazing how the man started at the age of 65, when most retire, and built a global empire out of fried chicken.
“Believe. Dream. Try. Succeed. Age, no bar!”
So according to my believe, it’s not about getting everything, it’s about enjoying what you possess in your life, it is about giving if you find happiness in giving, it is about sharing if you find happiness in sharing, it is about hearing, if you find happiness in listening, it’s about loving if you find happiness in loving. Your paradigms, your feelings and You. It’s all about You.
Thanks to Waqasch (some of the above lines have been taken from his blog).