A baby announces its arrival in the world with its shrill cries; a man announces his departure from the world by his unbroken stony silence. The book of life covering the period between birth and death contains pages of joy and sorrow, success and failure, triumph and tragedy, pleasure and pain, fulfilment and disappointment, health and sickness. Life is a mixed bag of pairs of opposites. Highs and lows are interwoven and form integral parts of the mosaic of Life. It is our basic nature to seek happiness. Is happiness just a mirage? The fact is that there is neither undiluted happiness nor unabated unhappiness. Life is both. However, the nature of pain is such that it appears that the unhappy phase of life is interminably long.
When we are faced with unhappy situations, we may derive some comfort by observing and learning from Nature. A cold and dark night yields to the refreshing morning sun, with its soothing rays of warmth, radiating light dispelling darkness. After every chilly winter, there is the spring, bringing warmth, hope and cheer. At the end of a dark, long tunnel, there is light.
Happiness is a state of mind, which keeps us in a state of well-being. Several important ingredients go to make the ‘commodity’ known as happiness. While money can buy pleasures, it cannot buy happiness. A rich man need not necessarily be happy. By the same token, a poor man need not necessarily be unhappy. Happiness has to be experienced from within. Many a time, we script unhappiness for ourselves and for others.
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