What is the key to happiness? Does such a concept actually exist in reality? Sure, everyone experiences moments of happiness at various points during his or her lifetime, but for most of us these are short lived and fleeting bursts of the emotion, quickly trampled upon by the seemingly unstoppable forces of anger or sadness that inevitably follow. How many people exist in the world who have managed to acquire not just a moment of happiness, but a genuinely happy life?
One of the most popular theories on, perhaps not living a happy life, but on how to live your life, period, is religion. We’re promised heaven, or virgins (depending on the religion), and many are convinced that God will guide you to a better life. I have seen several people, my father included, who have proven this theory to be effective; however, there are an embarrassing amount who are corrupted by it, causing grief not only to themselves, but to others, all in the name of God. A good example: more war has been waged in the name of God/religion than for any other cause.
Although clearly not a wise path, a second favorite theory is money. A good number of people would agree that money is, in fact, the root to all evil, but as human beings, and particularly Americans, we cannot help but strive for as much money as possible because we’ve become addicted to the results. Bigger and better televisions, fancier vehicle….
A third, and quite legitimate, manner in reaching happiness is through meditation. Cultures based on daily meditations tend to be some of the most peaceful in existence. Meditation works to quiet the mind and the body, and can bring genuine peace to one’s life. not just during the time of meditations, but throughout the entire day. Many professionals, life councilors and/or clergy etc., recommend putting aside twenty minutes per day in a comfortable place, and then clear your mind of all stresses.
The most important thing to remember is that each individual is just that, an individual, and therefore each person’s path to happiness will be different. Happiness is not the endpoint to our lives; even if happiness is met, it must be practiced, just like anything else.