Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define? What factors are necessary for it?
John Legend, when he was young, used to be posed a question like this, ” What do you want to be when you grow up?”. While everyone in the class replied they wanted to be a doctor or an engineer, John stood up and said, “I want to be happy”. His reply silenced the whole class because at that moment, everyone suddenly realized how important happiness was and whatever you do, your aim is basically to pursue happiness. However, happiness is famous for its hard-to-define and controversial concept as so many people have so many different ideas about what can make a person happy. In this essay, I will discuss about the concept of happiness and the factors needed to fully gain “joy”.
What is happiness? Human beings, even the scientists, have yet to find out the answer for this as happiness highly depends on the person who own it rather than itself. This means that happiness is acquired when one’s demand and need is satisfied. For example, for a kid growing up in a rich family with his parents beside him, his happiness is likely to be gained by hanging out with his friends, winning medals in science or sports at school, receiving a new MacBook for his 16th birthday,… However, for a kid who was born in a poor family without a father, his concept of happiness is simply to be able to go to school everyday, to have enough meal to live on or to improve his mother’s health,… Therefore, we can see clearly that even for the children, happiness is defined distinctly and never has a true concept. Nevertheless, there is one common point which will be the key for this locked door, it is happiness is the feeling of contentment and satisfaction with a few seconds of joy which everyone of us is aiming to throughout our life.
So then, how can we obtain that feeling of satisfaction and contentment in our daily basic? There are many factors and elements that compose of happiness, one of them is to take stock and slowing down. As the world keeps spinning at a faster and faster rate, people sometimes are too busy carrying on their work that they forget to slow down for a bit and examine their life, thinking, for instance, “Have I had breakfast today?”, “Did I forget to kiss my daughter goodbye before I went to work?”. People can actually gain happiness through the littlest actions and choices they make everyday but they usually skip those and rush in their daily activities with the excuses of “too busy studying, too busy working, having to much homework,…”, and ironically, these activities that take away their happiness are, for them, a means to pursue happiness. What a paradox! Another factor leading to happiness is to live for the moment. Many people cannot fully enjoy their moments of happiness because they are affected by the feeling and fear that this will not last for long, but who cares? Just live and enjoy every single joyful moment you have, as once you lose it, you can never retrieve it.And remember, if you are worried that your happiness will end, that moment of your fear raising, happiness dies. Furthermore, you can acquire your happiness by building good relationships and spending more time with your family and friends, as you will never know how to appreciate them until you lost them. Having someone around, just to talk to or to express all your sadness is a way to pursue a fulfilling and satisfying joy.
In conclusion, there are many ways to pursue happiness. However, it all depends on you is your life really worth-living, therefore, make good choices, do good things and surround yourself with the people you love since there is no way else to be happy than just be happy.