There are many methods touted as the one and only way of having a happy life. I used to think that just one of them must be right, and all the others were fake. I always wondered – how could I find the real secret? The answer is that there are as many paths to a happy life as there are people living.
Happiness with a friend
Each of us must look for our own joy, which may not be the same as that of our family or friends. We can, however, learn from those around us. I learned these three rules from my mum, and they often help me find gratitude and happiness in my own life
1. Something to do
An unoccupied mind is prone to brooding on the unhappiness in one’s life. The occupied mind, however, is healthier and therefore happier.
2. Something to love
This does not mean ‘someone to love’ – your passion may be the cultivation of an orchard or a beloved pet. Something to pour out your love onto – that’s the important bit.
3. Something to look forward to
Whether it’s an around-the-world cruise or simply your morning routine of a coffee and the newspaper, all happy lives are somewhat forward-thinking.
Happiness is a unique journey
What do you think of these rules? Could you fulfil each of them if you answered today?
And I wholeheartedly agree with your very wise mother. A life without love is meaningless. Something to do is vital, even if that something is to just sit and contemplate the world. And sometimes my something to look forward is simply ice-cream after dinner tonight... (simple things are the most important)