“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold. Happiness dwells in the soul.”
Man has sought to answer one of the greatest questions that has made man seek and go beyond anything: “What do I need to do, have, or seek to have everlasting happiness?” Each person on the planet may provide a unique or intriguing answer to this question. Some would focus on acquisition of wealth or influence. Others would seek power or even earthly satisfaction of their desires. Others may even delve on spiritual fulfillment. From the grand, bold, self-centered, spiritual, down to the trivial and simple such as having a bike of his own or even to having three square meals a day, the quest for happiness eats away on everyone.
Like a built-in program, man’s entire existence is focused on the things that make him happy. Infants find satisfaction on their oral and sensory inputs with food and personal contact. Toddlers and young kids find happiness in the fulfillment of the attention and care given to them. In every level of man’s existence, the need to satisfy one’s self leads to happiness. From the thought of wishing someone good health and prosperity to having thought of having acquired an item that he has longed for down to the most unassuming things such as a pat on the back, a kid’s smile, kind look, a heartfelt and many acts and gestures that either satisfy one’s feeling on another individual’s longing, happiness boils down to a choice that has been made by an individual that enriches his soul. In the words of Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, “Very little is needed to make a happy life.” Removing all the trappings and assumptions, the thing that makes one happy depends on the choice and resolution to be truly happy with the choices he has made.
“Happiness is someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
– Chinese proverb