Get happiness now so your future becomes automatically happy. The irony of humans is that we believe if we get something in the future then we will be happy.
- Once we get that car.
- Once we get that house.
- Once we get success.
Then we will be happy.
Latching your happiness on an event in the future is the cause of one being dissatisfied now.
“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.”
― Walt Whitman
Why Keep Waiting?
Most people run after objects in the world to make them happy. They believe that those things will bring them joy. But think about it. Is it really so?
Can a car really bring happiness? Can having the biggest house ever make one happy? Being the richest person ever. Could this make you happy?
Many examples in the society tell us that even the richest man in the world is unhappy. This is because he still feels that if only he could get a little more, then he would be really happy!
Pinning happiness to an event in future and to objects only increases stress. Futuristic attitude of thinking and acquiring as many things as possible is detrimental.
“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
― Hunter S. Thompson
Happiness Here Now
The quest for happiness in the future distracts us. We don’t notice the simplicity and beauty of life happening right now.
To find happiness in the present, tune into yourself. Why keep waiting? Also look at how you are right now.
Consider defining your happiness to this moment rather than giving it a meaning in the future.
“Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley
Just look into yourself and allow yourself to appreciate what you have right now. Be willing to pin your happiness to what you have already.
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
Please share your thoughts below. Let us know how you define happiness. Do you think you can get happiness now?
Written By: Deepti Daryanani