Areille - the Lioness of God

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Happiness: The simple truth

A friend recently discussed a book he was reading. I found the concepts he spoke about extremely interesting and worth sharing.

We, human beings, are very bad at judging what really makes us happy. We imagine an experience will bring us lasting happiness but does it really? As an example, if we were asked, would winning a million dollars make you happy? We would jump up and say yes. Why wouldn't it, right? But if you really think about it, the million dollars would make you extremely happy the day you win it, a little happy a week after winning it and a month later, you come back to the same level of happiness you were before you won it. In other words, we all have a baseline level of happiness. These experiences (a million dollars, a handsome partner, a new car, a new job etc.) which we imagine will bring us happiness, do bring us temporary spurts of joy, but never the happiness that stays. We always fall back to our base level of happiness.

Ofcourse this doesn't mean that if we have a really low base level of happiness today, we are stuck with it. There are definitely ways of improving it and the ones I can think of are exercising, socializing, learning new things, community service, healthy living etc.

The point of my post being, we need to stop *waiting* for these big things to happen to us to experience happiness. We need to be happy today! now! at this very moment!! ... to be happy any other day!


  • At 10/17/2006 12:10 PM, Blogger SternMystic said…


    A million dollars would probably keep me happy for over a year though. Any billionaires out there into giving???

  • At 10/17/2006 3:44 PM, Blogger woorkeri wittynathan said…

    Apun kya bolta mein happy rehne ko mangta hai. Life mein happy rahenga na...tho life happy hoyenga. Bole to, happy rehna ka yaar...tho life happy rahega. Mili, tu samajh rahi hai apun kya bol rela hai...? :)

  • At 10/18/2006 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    its just an opinion but its not the experience that makes us happy but the memories of it to cherish that do... look at the picture you took when you won that contest, remember the time when you got the brand new bike .. and the sorts.. u get the drift right...

  • At 10/21/2006 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi i am just an anonymous reader, i found you cuz you had the same name as me :) i must these are good, thoughtful blogs, i am enjoying reading them!

  • At 10/26/2006 8:46 AM, Blogger Areille said…

    while talking to my dad on this issue, I realised that I forgot to include the number one way of improving your base level of happiness: Positive attitude!!! It truly does wonders!

    And anony: keep visiting! :)


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