In the words of Aristotle, Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. So if we’re going to invest all this time in our lives, it seems like a good idea to be as happy as possible. And yet happiness can be elusive. If I find myself unhappy on any given day I will often ask myself: Am I content or am I truly happy? The two emotions seem related in that they both make me feel satisfied at the moment but they are fundamentally different. Contentment is a feeling of satisfaction with one’s circumstances or condition; not wanting for anything more.
Happiness is an emotion that has no particular objective, it is just simply feeling good about what I have right now in my life. My belief is that to become content with one’s life would allow them to be happy, while simultaneously making themselves aware of their situation so they could take action if need be.
Steps to take to increase happiness
Happiness is a state of mind, and there are many ways to increase it. It can be difficult to find happiness when we’re working day in and day out, but if we take some time for ourselves each day, it will soon follow. We all want to be content; everyone wants the world at their feet. But how do we get there? One way is by practicing gratitude – taking time each day to list five things that went right that day or being thankful for what we have in our lives: family, friends, home or food on the table.
Taking time for yourself can also make you feel happier – try meditating, reading a book or going for a walk in nature. get in the way of taking care of oneself because it’s easy to see why one would become unhappy when they’re feeling exhausted from lack of sleep or stressed from not finding any time for themselves.