Genuine happiness is a state of contentment – a peace of mind – a sense of well being regardless of outward circumstances going on in your life. The main ingredient to anyone’s happiness is contentment. Its not only the transient sensation of joy, but also a feeling of overall satisfaction with your life and its course
Genuine happiness is truly man’s greatest achievement, and this can only be achieved through having relationships with others.
Genuine happiness is not possible without helping those around us to enjoy their lives as well. By striving to share with others the happiness we get from our faith, we can build a self that can withstand anything in life throws at us.
True happiness and contentment must be accompanied by genuine self-love. When you truly love and respect yourself, everything seems to run more smoothly in your life. True. True happiness, as Wallace emphasizes in a new book, Genuine Happiness (Wiley, 2005), is the fruit not of worldly trappings and ambitions but of a focused mind and an open heart.
Realize that your happiness does not depend upon having the best things in this world. It’s about doing and making the best out of every single thing you have. Real Happiness starts with your relationship with yourself. It requires radical self acceptance.
Feelings of helpless anger do nothing but poison the mind, embitter the heart, and enfeeble the will. I take comfort in the words of the ancient Indian master Shantideva’s advice, “If there is a way to overcome the suffering, then there is no need to worry.