Akhilesh Semwal


Do you want happy times in your life?

Without even giving it a thought your answer would be; Yes, Of course. We all are work in progress here on this planet. Especially as human beings everything we do is for gaining and experiencing happiness, isn’t it? But we all are different as we think and see the world differently. Things that might excite me may not excite you and be a very ordinary thing to do. Therefore, Happiness can vary from person to person. We all look for happiness in every event we participate or an event we get into, even if you disagree. You still do.

What exactly is happiness to you? 

Your answer:

Who is more happy?

There was a boy, whose family was very wealthy. One day his father took him on a trip to the country, where he aimed to show his son how poor people live. So they arrived at a farm of a very poor family, as he considered. They spent several days there. On their return, the father asked his son, Did he like the trip?

Oh, it was great, dad” – the boy replied. “Did you notice how poor people live?” “Yeah, I did”- said the boy. The father asked his son to tell in more detail about his impressions from their trip“.

Well, we have only one dog, and they have four of them. In our garden there is a pool, while they have a river that has no end.

We‘ve got expensive lanterns, but they have stars above their heads at night. We have the patio, and they have the whole horizon.

We have only a small piece of land, while they have endless fields. We buy food, but they grow it.

We have a high fence for protection of our property, and they don‘t need it, as their friends protect them.”

The father was stunned. He could not say a word.

Then the boy added: “Thank you, dad, for letting me see how poor we are”


This story shows that true wealth as well as happiness is not measured by material things. Love, friendship and freedom are far more valuable. At times this world full of objects is something we can get equipped with and spend our whole lives but the true source of happiness lies in the moments  that we are largely ignorant of. 

Happiness is a process

The biggest myth that we are living with and surely will continue with is success derives happiness. We relate happiness with success. Now I am not saying this is a bad idea of becoming a better person but it is being a little harsh on yourself. Success should make you happy and not create happiness for you.  Now, in our own pursuit of happy success, the idea that “getting what you want will make you happy” the cruel reality is, our happiness does not depend on getting what we want.


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