By: Sis Kathy Oyson
Happiness is only a state of the mind. You don’t need people or things to make you happy. But some people claim otherwise. They said that it’s money, fame or a harmonious relationship that can make them happy.
A wealthy friend confided that despite her wealth, she is still not happy. She said that money cannot buy happiness. An observer noted that some people who make millions in their business are still not happy because they are not contented with what they have. They still keep on wishing (or more. I remember the story of a man who had an interview with God in his dream. He asked, “God what’s wrong with mankind?’ God replied, “They get bored of being children and rush to grow up only to long to be children again. They work hard to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. They are anxious thinking about the future and they forgot the present that they live neither in the present nor the future…”
Writer Cecil le Peterkin shares her view in this matter, she said, “You need to realize that you are just wasting your time caring about those things that don’t really matter to you. If you want to be happy, I believe that the following are those that happy people don’t care about:
Age. Happy people think of age merely as a number. Your age is a number that will never stop increasing. You must not let this number define who you are as a person and what you can do. Remember that life is too short that you cannot afford to waste it any moment on things that are not important So live happily.
What others think and say about you. Caring about what other people think or say about you is just allowing them to run your life. Nobody else could know exactly how you feel and what you are capable of doing. Never let other people’s opinion discourage you from whet you want to do and achieve in life. For you to be truly happy, you need to base your decision only on your personal belief and core values.
Fear. There is no such thing as fear. This is what happy people believe in. There may be things or events that make you uncomfortable or anxious, but they shouldn’t be in any way affect how you should live your life.
Negative people. There will always be annoying people who are full of negativity in their lives, but that doesn’t mean you should let them into your life. The kind of people you surround yourself with plays a very important role in how happy you can be. By being with positive and energetic people, you can find many reasons to be positive as well.
The past and the future. There is nothing you can do about your past and there is no reason for you to worry about the future. All you should think about is the present if you want to find happiness. No matter how terrible your past was, you can’t do anything about it. Planning about your future is good, but worrying about it doesn’t make sense. Appreciate what’s in front of you. Be in the present moment.