Category Archives: Happiness

Philosophy of Happiness

Happy Christmas

Wish you all a very Happy Christmas, best time of the year for intro-inspection in an environment filled with joy and happiness. Right now, I don’t have much to say as most of us are already busy in celebrations but I can convey my feeling using a Youtube video of Celine Dion sung “So, this is Christmas”, this is not just a video song, its a brief introduction to philosophy of Christmas, which can be only enjoyed when we are free from all our worries, problems, fears.

Christmas Isn’t All About Shopping

It is true that Christmas Holidays are today treated more like the best shopping opportunity of the year, as everyone is busy in shopping gifts for there loved ones (Sellers too offering heavy discounts, gifts and other attractive terms) but we should not forget the meaning of this occasion, reason behind this celebration as it is requirement of the time.

Money and Markets have changed everything, everywhere on this planet, we have to be aware about such attempts, understand how they are trying to change the meaning of a word, how they are easily able to redirect our attention in another direction, making every occasion, every relation, every problem a time to shop. Christmas isn’t just about exchanging gifts, there is more to it.

Have Fun, Enjoy Christmas Wholeheartedly! Leaving Your Worries Behind

Best Wishes for A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2013

Merry Christmas, a time to discover philosophy of Christmas without any fears

Please spare some time to watch this Video.

Happiness is A Social Virtue

If we are happy, we’ll contribute happiness to the society, if we are distressed we’ll surely inflict others in one way or other. Happiness is a social virtue, it is not an isolated state of mind which only surrounds an individual.

Some of us often think that happiness can sometimes act selfishly, which I think and feel isn’t right. We cannot enjoy a real happiness, a long lasting pleasure in our life if everything is not well around us. This state of mind can’t be reached by fooling others, snatching there rights, bunking our duties.

A society which tends to be happy with whatever resources it has, will definitely have a large number of individuals enjoying happiness. It doesn’t means that they do not have problems or they get satisfactory results from everything they do. It only means that these common problems of life do not interfere with the quality of life they can have.

Happiness is A Social Virtue

We cannot drive happiness by making others unhappy. It is not a physical object that can be snatched or stolen, its a sign of peace, an indication of wellness and when something or someone isn’t right we can not get that frame of mind. May be it can lead to temporary enjoyment, a temporary feeling of pleasure but it will not last long into that state of mind which is often called bliss.

Helping others without any personal interest can bring such thing. On internet this is often a marketing strategy, a way to promote a business goal, that is why we find so many well-wishers and helping hands most of which are doing nothing but promoting there own business. Online marketing has changed the way we read and perceive words and there meaning. You can read more about this trend in post ‘Honesty is a Keyword‘.

We can understand social virtue angle of this post by looking at our own life, by watching our own life. In modern world many things have changed and with that definition of the word love has also changed, now it can be misunderstood if it is used in its true pretext. Love’s philosophy has intermingled with lust’s philosophy but still we can find that a real, true example of love still exists in its natural state and it is the relation that exists between parents and children. In today’s atmosphere where a large number of single mothers are a part of society it is relation between a mother and child.

Can a mother enjoy-happiness by keeping her child unhappy. Can she sleep peacefully when her child is not feeling well or is ill. Technically she has no problem, she is ok and so she can sleep in peace, but it is not true she cannot enjoy anything until her child is also ok.
The above example is also applicable to us and our society, we may or may not understand this because they bond between a child and a mother is very very strong because of which this phenomenon also becomes visible. The relationship between individuals in a society is not that strong, it exists but it isn’t visible to such extent, but it does matters, it effects our mood, our lifestyle, our mood swings.

Do you know that existence of wild life is important for existence of life on this planet. Do you know that plants, animals and jungles play a key role in our life, something that we have only realized after we looked into climate change and natural disasters. We are all connected somewhere in every aspect physically, mentally and emotionally and if we destroy a portion we will get similar results on another.

We do not want to learn from simple things, we think philosophy and moral values as theoretical object with negligible practical value. Economic development and higher living standards are good for society but we cannot deny other aspects of life. Life is not a competition, its not a scale of achievements its a simple process which can be enjoyed by everyone. If a large part of society is engaged and involved in life (not fight) then its a social virtue, a boon for society.

Another view on the above subject with details can be had in What Should I do? in Selfishness, Happiness and Benefiting others by David Edwards and Media Lens at Dissident Voice.

Happiness Spreads in Waves

Happiness SpreadsA study report published in December 2008 in confirms the infectious nature of happiness and how it has a ripple effect in society. This study researcHappiness Spreads Itselfh was conducted between 1971 and 2003 and involved 5124 people in 21-70 age group.  Here are some excerpts from this report

“Changes in individual happiness can ripple through social networks and generate large scale structure in the network, giving rise to clusters of happy and unhappy individuals,” said the study’s authors.

“Most important from our perspective is the recognition that people are embedded in social networks and that the health and well-being of one person affects the health and well-being of others.

“Human happiness is not merely the province of isolated individuals,” added the study, by Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School and James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego, both in the USA.

You can read more about this study in Happiness Spreads Waves.

This is all for today in Happiness is a social virtue, I hope this post was able to communicate some meaning which are often left with me and only words get across.

Honesty leads to Happiness

Can honesty lead to happiness, will it help us in un-cluttering our problems and tensions. Well, yest… honesty means transparency and thus nothing to hold or left for worries.

Do you think honesty is related to success and happiness in life. Understanding a simple principle can lead to more comfortable life.

Our environment today is more polluted then it was a year ago, our food chain is more vulnerable today then it was some time back.

Today we are not actually enjoying life but we are only surviving, the physical environment is actually getting more and more polluted day by day which can be measured by our modern instruments but what about our mental environment our growing negative tendency, which has also deviated towards negative zone.

We cannot lead a calm life, a peaceful life because it is counter productive, our modern lifestyle has turned each one of us to a defensive mentality.
We have to think before anything we do because nothing is natural, close to reality, water which was earlier a sign of life, a gift of nature is now a sign of pollutant illness and disease, we will not like to drink water directly from a natural source before processing or testing it.


Honesty Leads to Happiness

Honesty to Happiness

Walking in sunshine is no more safe, we have to use our own artificial protection to protect us from the natural gift sun rays.

Sun is the primary source of light, energy and food. It is responsible for protecting all forms of life on this planet.

It is responsible for light, air and wind, takes care of bio-diversity on this planet.

Today, the same sun and its sunshine which is still the primary source of energy on this planet on one hand is also a threat or dangerous to our skin, our health on other. Why?

We have our-self destroyed peace on this planet, our happiness, we are no more truthful and honest to ourselves, may be we have developed our mental powers, our ability to see and provide reasons/logical conclusion for anything that happens or we attempt, but this frequent processing, frequent thinking has snatched our peace, our happiness. We can cannot switch off our mind temporarily and then enjoy life.

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.  ~Aristotle

Aristotle’s above quote tells us the whole story in few words, we have actually deviated from nature and now we are fighting back to protect ourselves, we know more believe in honesty because honesty is natural, unabridged edition which doesn’t need any alteration, any addition or subtraction. It is what it really was. If we are honest then we do not need any thinking we can only remember things and then replay the series.

Truth fears no questions.  ~Unknown
We have developed a fear due to existing negative environment around us, a symptom similar to dishonesty. We are today surviving by reading and learning advantages and benefits of doing this and using that. We have to take care of everything actively, we cannot close our eyes and be ourselves for even some moments. We fear that we will lag behind, we will loose something.
We have developed our power of explanations and facts, world is more developed today then it was a century ago but world is also more dangerous today then it was a century ago, world needs more artificial protection today then before, everything seems to be on the brink of collapsing.

This is not all, today we have developed a wrong concept about honesty, we do not think of it as a natural tendency to enjoy happiness, we think it to be a difficult path, a way which can lead to unnecessary problems in our life. May be this is true today because our definition today has also shifted, now honesty is not a representation of natural outcomes (because nature is itself not natural anymore) but a presentation of the fact from our modern thinking.

Simple things makes a simple life, creating unnecessary twists can lead to unnecessary twists in life. Life is easy and we should enjoy life. Honest is a tool to keep things simple and manageable. Today honesty is a literary word, a keyword to be used to add more weight-age, there is no need to understand real philosophy of honesty and its positive consequences on our life.