Everyone wants to be happy in this world. But thee are only a few people who are happy. Some people believe that wealth gives happiness. They spend most of their time and energy in acquiring it. But wealth does not give happiness. It provides man the basic amenities and materialist comforts of life. But money can’t give the emotional and spiritual satisfaction.
There are some others who seek power to gain happiness. Different means can be adopted to attain power. One may attain power in the political sphere. One may even try to become a dictator after gaining power. Some try to establish their superiority over others. But even such powers don’t give happiness. With power one can force others to do certain things but there is a world of difference between the action forced and spontaneous action.
In the present age, many people are striving for happiness in sex, fashion, drinks and drugs. They wish to escape from the problem-ridden world into a world of dreams. They try to derive pleasure from these areas. But thy realize that these are temporary pleasures. These things may help people to forget their worries for a limited period of time but not forever. Most of them are harmful rather than advantageous.
There is a difference between happiness and what we describe as joy and pleasure. One a warm day what a glass of cold lemon juice gives you is pleasure because it is a momentary joy. On the other hand happiness is experienced in the mind and is therefore infinitely more powerful.
Only a few know the secret of true happiness. It is love that makes man happy. It is love between children and parents, wife and husband, brother and sister, lover and his beloved, the teacher and the student and the master and the servant. It is a love between neighbors and between friends. It is love between man and God. Love is the storehouse of happiness. Love should be practiced without any selfish motive. One who makes other happy by loving also himself feel happy for having loved.
Hatred creates enmity. It robs ones’ peace of mind. A person who does not have peace of mind cannot be happy. Hatred may result in physical violence. Crimes are more often the result of hatred. Hatred this brings unhappiness. We should learn to forgive our opponents who played dirty. Jealousy and prolonged anger are agents of death. So, one should follow the path of love to achieve happiness.
Love fills a person with noble feelings: compassion, sympathy, sacrifice, understanding, welfare etc. A mother’s love for her children is something very divine. She is forever ready to suffer any hardship for the happiness of her children. Love between a child and a mother is the purest form of love. Love of a mother is so deep and eternal that she can understand even those things which her child doesn’t even speak.
Love between neighbors brings peace in the neighborhood. People willingly come forward to help one another. They share one another’s joys and sorrows. They can never think of causing harm to one another. Love between neighbour strengthens fellow felling. People of such a neighborhood lean a happy life. Neighbour who love and respect one another to have a get-together and festive occasions. They jointly celebrate festivals and enjoy one another’s company.
Love between friends strengthens the bond of friendship. They can never thinks of betraying one another. A friendship based on love is never affected by selfish motives. Each one is ready to make a sacrifice for the other. Even differences of opinions don’t hamper the strong bonds of friendship. We enjoy each and every moment with our friends. We forget all worries and hardship of life when we are with tem. Love between friends, thus generates happiness.
There have been saints who widened the horizons of their love. There love is universal. They loved the whole mankind and even animals and birds. Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammad, Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Guru Nanak De and others worked for the welfare and happiness of all. Mother Teresa filled many hearts with happiness by her dedicated service to the poor and the needy.
There would be no quarrels or divorces between married couples if love is adopted as the guiding principle. There will be no friction between parents and children and no bitterness between friends; there will be no exploitation of man by man if all follow the path of love. Lack of love makes the life of a child bitter. He develops a sense of insecurity. Lack of love leads to crime, aggression and unhappiness.
Love alone can lessen many ills of the society. Love is the basic of a happy life. If nations of the world follow this principle, there would be no world wars, massacres or widespread destruction. Love can unite the people of the world into a common brotherhood.