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What is happiness? It’s different strokes for different folks

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 10:33am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 July, 2018, 10:32am

One of our friends was feeling down and, to cheer him up, we tried to convince him that his state of unhappiness was temporary and he would soon become his jovial self again. We stressed the fact that it is normal for one to experience the blues from time to time, as no one can be happy at all times.

After leaving my friends, on the way home, I found myself wondering: Am I really happy? How does one know if one is happy or not?

Of course, happiness means different things to different people. Some believe that embracing life with its ups and downs is the route to happiness. Others think that being content with one’s lot brings emotional fulfilment and therefore happiness. A few are convinced that financial security increases their chances of being happy. New Age believers are adamant that happiness is derived from a combination of physical well-being, mental stimulation, emotional fulfilment and spiritual evolution.

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I agree that someone who has attained physical well-being, achieved mental stimulation, and is emotionally fulfilled will focus on becoming spiritually evolved and subsequently experience authentic happiness.

Sava Hassan, Cairo