Published On: Mon, Feb 18th, 2013

The art of happy living

The art of happy living

The art of happy living

We live in fortunate times. More kids can study. More women can work. More people live in liberal societies than before. And, life is supposed to be easier these days, thanks to conveniences such as electronics. For example, to talk with your family members and friends in different nations and towns, you can use your cell phone, computer – or send a text message. Nonetheless, living today seems to be more complicated and most of us are sad and walking around like zombies without any direction or a real sense of purpose in life. To make matters worse, it seems that everybody is angry with somebody and everybody is cursing. Suffocation is unbearable, and the casualties of the political impotence – abysmal and deadly. The nation continues to show the ravages of its lost dreams as most of us are tinged with a sense of abandonment and isolation. But, this doesn’t denote that life is dull and dark. Isn’t life often an ebb and flow of darkness and light at times? We often fail to realize this truth and forget that things happen around us—both wonderful and painful. We can’t help it. It is uncertainty looking into infinity. That’s the beauty.

Moreover, we blame others for our unhappiness, but in reality it is not often true. Some of your best weapons against unhappiness may be on the shelf of your own heart. If you’re unhappy, it’s because of you, you and only you. The more responsibility you take for your own unhappiness, the happier you will become. A happy person doesn’t fall into the trap of blaming others. Blaming is contagious. It encourages ferocity. Hence, the mantra of successful living is to have patience and take life as it comes and remember deep down that life does endure beyond pain and sorrow. The key is to realize that life is without guarantees, every moment counts, and life is but a paradise perched on the edge of hell.

Most of us are fed up with life, and we preach hopelessness. But, there is no point being hopeless. Hopelessness will lead us nowhere. Yes, nothing brings life and death closer than hope, and nothing separates them more. So, my friend, you’ve got to believe in yourself. You’ve got to believe that better times are coming. And remember people will say anything. And people can say anything. People just can’t keep quiet and they won’t keep quiet. You have to be your own salvation. Remember, you’re just a second away from anywhere: from darkness or light. Swallow pain, accusations, criticisms, hatred and all but never digest them. At the end of the day, expel them out. Instead, eat and digest hope, dreams, love and faith, my friend

About the Author

- Bhuwan Thapaliya is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent, “Safa Tempo: Poems New and Selected” was published by Nirala Publications, New Delhi in 2011. He works as an economist.

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