What is real Happiness in life?
Today, everyone wants to be happy and prosperous, but they don’t know how to be happy. Earning millions of money isn’t real happiness.
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Happiness, how often have you said I want to be happy? How often have you said to someone else I want you to be happy?
Have you ever stopped to consider what happiness means?
What exactly is this happiness you wish for?
Many people believe that happiness is having fun at a party, the excitement of new experiences, or a fine meal’s delights.
These are all beautiful experiences to be cherished and cultivated, but these are not happiness.
These experiences are the definition of pleasure. They are the experiences to have and let pass.
A meal to savor then digests. A party to enjoy, then let wind down.
If we continue to please ourselves with these joyful experiences all the time, our brains adapt and turn pleasure into a routine.
Chasing pleasure is not happiness. So if happiness is not the same thing as pleasure, then what is happiness?
Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs. In other words, happiness comes when you feel satisfied and fulfilled.
Happiness is a feeling of contentment that life is just as it should be.
Happiness isn’t about getting what you want. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude for it.
The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are and not who people think you are. Happiness cannot be traveled to earned or consumed.
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Train your mind to see good in everything. Positivity is always a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
Success is not the key to happiness, but happiness is the key to success.
The talent of being happy is appreciating and liking what you have instead of what you don’t have.
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
Happiness starts with you, not with relationships, jobs, or money but with you.
The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose. What to accept, and what to let go of, so choose wisely.
If you don’t know who is Sadhguru, then let’s have his quick intro.
Sadhguru is a realized yogi and mystic who works tirelessly towards the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all with a unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds.
Sadhguru acts as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life. His approach does not ascribe to any belief system but offers self-transformation methods that are both proven and powerful. Sadhguru’s transformational programs have deeply touched the lives of millions worldwide.
Now let’s come back to the topic.
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Story on Happiness By Sadhguru
Sadhguru: This happened – you’ve heard of Lao Tzu?
Lao Tzu is a celebrated Zen master today. Even then, he gathered a certain number of disciples around him.
It’s part of the Zen tradition that people gather around for a final message when the master or the guru is dying.
So at the age of eighty-three or eighty-four, he was passing, so people gathered around him and asked him, “Master, what is the secret of your joy?”
You know, he faced lots of extreme situations in his life. He was accused of things that he had never thought of, and he went through troubles.
So people asked, “You went through so many things, but you were always joyful. What is the secret of your joy?“
Lao Tzu said, “Oh that! It’s just that every day in the morning when I woke up, I used to get a question. The question is ‘today shall I be joyful or miserable?’ Till now, I just happened to choose joy, that’s all.”
So have you made your choice, I am asking? Yes?
Every day in the morning, if a question comes to you, I will come and ask you a question every day in the morning, “Today, you’re going to be joyful or miserable,” what’s your choice?
“Joyful,” Right? You must make this choice every day, “Today, I am going to be joyful.” Joy is not a goal by itself.
“It is just that when you’re joyful, you are pleasant to the world. When you are cheerful, you are sensible in your head. When you are optimistic, you will not do stupid things against yourself. There is nobody who’s not been happy, everybody’s been glad, but the problem is they cannot maintain it, that’s all. “
So you don’t have to enforce any resolutions upon yourself, just little tools to make sure that you don’t sink.
10 Tips for Happy and Joyful Life By Sadhguru
1.) Sit on your “Deathbed”
Suppose, let’s say your life is done. You are on your death bed; tomorrow, you’re going to die.
If you look back and see, is it all worthwhile? Have you done things that you wanted to do?
Don’t look at it at the end of your life; you must look at it at the beginning of your life.
Suppose you are on your death bed, you’re going to die – maybe you lived a hundred years – but look back and see, has life been worthwhile, have you done things that matter to you or no, because most people get truthful only if death is imminent.
Otherwise, they know how to lie to themselves and everybody. Most people will tell the truth when you will put a gun to their head. Yes?
I am saying don’t wait for somebody else to put the gun, you put it tonight and watch, “Suppose I am going to die now, have I done things that I really… worthwhile in my life, things that I could be proud of, things that are worth spending my life upon – has my life been done this way?”
If you look at this, you will impact society, whatever you do. Whatever you do, you will make an impact. We do not know what you can do and cannot do in your life.
2.) Identify 3 things that make a Wonderful Human Being
Whether you are going to become the richest man in the world, or the most beautiful woman on the planet, you’re going to climb Mt. Everest, or you’re going to beat Mr. Bolt in a hundred-meter race, I don’t know about these things, but every one of you can strive to become a wonderful human being and nobody can deny that to you.
Nor people, nor world’s situations, nor inclement weather can deny this to you that you want to be a wonderful human being – nobody to stop you.
So I want you to do a simple process – write down three things, whatever you think makes a human being into a wonderful human being, just three things, and make it a reality in your life, what you think is the highest.
Don’t do what your parents,friends, relatives or society want, please do what you want.
In your life, if you do not do what you want, it’ll become a wasted life.
You don’t have to do what somebody else wants, but three things that you think will make a human being into a truly wonderful human being – these three things make it a reality.
3.) Utter Half The Words You Usually Do
As it is said, “A man is ill only because he does not know how to be still,” because, in stillness, you are in touch with a dimension way beyond creation.
So if one has to attain that grace, at least a certain amount of stillness has to enter your life. For this to happen, a certain level of silence has to enter your life.
If right now it is not coming, at least practicing a little bit of moun (Silentness). In an hour, if you’re speaking 1573 words right now.
How many words do you spit out in a minute? Yes, how many? Think about it.
Whatever number you’re doing, see if you can articulate the same things you are saying with half the number of words. Suddenly you will become highly conscious of everything.
If you have to hold back half the words and still say the same things, now you have to be very conscious. Otherwise, you cannot say it.
Just try this and see, tomorrow, one day, hmm? In an hour, usually, what number of words you utter, make it half. Don’t curtail your activity. Still say the same things, but with half the words.
How wonderful will the whole world feel, you know? The world will be a wonderful place; I am telling you tomorrow if everybody does this.
4.) Look Back Your Whole Day
This is a simple exercise everybody must do –at the end of the day, you sit in your bed and look back on the whole day from the morning you got up, how you’ve been going around.
You will see ninety percent of the time; you’re pretty stupid. I am generous with percentage, believe me.
If you’re given little work, if you’re just given little responsibility, suddenly you become so important.
You become more significant than the universe suddenly. How many times did you expand beyond the universe’s size? If you look at it, you will see most of the time; it’s bloated.
How many times you became immortal, that is you’re not conscious of your mortality, and how many times did you walk around looking at people and things around you without any sense of involvement, just three things you watch out, you will see you will have to laugh through the night.
Don’t start crying. Just learn to laugh at your stupidity, you will see all the rubbish you carry will turn into manure very fast, and waste is good for growth, you know.
(There are several books by Sadhguru one of them is Joy 24×7. This is not a guidebook. This is not a “self-help” book. It is not going to give you “an instant formula for joy”. But it will surely make you explore your Joy for yourself in a very direct way. No matter who you are, what you are trying to do, Sadguru’s words will touch a wonderful wave of Joy inside you and you will soon be restless to seek Joy 24×7.)
5.) Break At Least One Limitation Each Month
In the next twelve months, you make yourself in such a way that you are not the issue in your life, not at all. Hmm?
Can you do this to yourself? You deserve this. I am telling you that you’re not the trouble only if somebody is causing a problem to you, some trouble in your life.
If you sit alone, you’re never the trouble –make yourself like that. For this, you do one thing, all of you, start today, okay?
One thing that you don’t want yourself to be, one small aspect, okay?
Drop it today! Every full moon day, drop one more thing. However small it is, but a concrete step, not big things. “No, I will give up my anger.” I don’t believe such nonsense.
You can say, “From now on, if I get angry, I will just shut my mouth; I won’t say anything.” This is doable. Yes? “I will not get angry” is not… right now, not possible.
So like this one concrete step every month, you take about yourself, something that you do not like, something that you feel is not necessary for your life, one little thing, drop every month.
In 12 months, you will be a wonderful human being that you are not an issue. Do that to yourself. You deserve this, and it’s worth it, isn’t it?
6.) Keep Accounts Of Your Joyfulness
Outside challenges are many. There are many things in the world. Some things will happen, some things won’t happen, some things will act for us, something will work against us; these things are happening.
But are you functioning for yourself, or are you performing against yourself? Within this, is your life a little more exuberant, a little better, a little more joyful, a little more peaceful?
You measure this every day. So, you must maintain an account book. Yes.
If you’re doing business, how do you know whether you’re progressing? The only one who keeps accounts knows whether he is making money or going down, isn’t it so?
Similarly, you must maintain an account. You see, let’s say yesterday, you were joyful five times in the day, today if you’re six– you’re better, tomorrow if you’re seven – you’re better.
But day after tomorrow, if you’re three – you’re worse. How many moments of joy do you have?
Why I’m talking about joy is, we’re not using joy as a goal. Joy is a measure. Joy means you’re at ease.
Joy means you become more of life than being a mental mess. Happiness does not mean that you attained something.
Joy means life has come to ease; you’re not messing yourself up.
Spend five minutes. Have you been better today than yesterday? Has your day been better?
Every day if you keep accounts, you will see no matter what the hell happens in life situations, you will not go down.
7.) Eating With Gratitude
Here I am not trying to tell you what to eat and what not to eat, you eat whatever you want, but being a human being, the most important thing is that you do it consciously.
Whatever you do must happen consciously. Your selection of food and consumption of food also must happen consciously.
More than what you eat, how you eat it is also equally important. When I say how you eat it, foods are all live substances.
Every one of them had a life of their own, whether it’s a plant, animal, vegetable, every one of them had a life of their own.
If you approach it with a certain sense of gratitude and reverence towards the food that you eat, when I say reverence, it may feel like too much for you, but I’m asking you, let’s say we put you in a room, and you had nothing to eat for five days.
If God appears in front of you, what will you ask?
Food! So that’s how important it is. You must understand the food on your plate is not just a substance; it is not a material, it is not a commodity, it is life.
It is the life-making material for you. So, it would help if you treated it as such. Right now, when it’s on the plate when it’s out there, it has no value, but the moment you consume it, and it becomes your flesh and blood, now suddenly it’s of immense value.
Why do we live like this? It’s essential when it comes to your plate itself; you must treat it as a part of yourself.
With great reverence, you must consume. If you change that, food will behave very differently within you, how you consume it.
8.)Connecting With The Earth
Connecting With The Earth The soil you walk upon has a certain sense of intelligence and memory, so even if you happen to live in a concrete jungle, it is essential to keep in touch with the earth upon which you live.
Create ways for yourself to somehow remain in touch with the soil of the earth upon which you live, that part of the planet.
With your bare hands and bare feet, see particularly the palms and the soles if they come in touch with the earth daily at least for a few minutes.
A certain harmonizing of the physiological process will happen, just being in contact with the earth, if you spend at least a few minutes in your garden, barefooted, touching plants or trees because this is the basis of your life.
All life, including you and other creatures, has come out of this earth – stay in touch with it and harmonize your system.
9.) Wake Up With A Smile
One thing is before you go to bed, sit in your bed just for two minutes, now suppose you’re going to die right now in two minutes, how it will be, and then sleep.
You will see tomorrow when you wake up; you will wake up like you are just born.
If you sleep with this awareness, you will wake up with a completely new dimension of energy within you.
Suppose you wake up tomorrow. Every day, nearly 300,000 people don’t wake up tomorrow. So in case you wake up tomorrow, check and see if you’re still alive.
If you are, do this much for your sake, not my sake; one big smile, you’re still alive. Is your life worth this much?
See, do not think every day you will wake up. One day you will not wake up. Yes or no?
Tomorrow morning you woke up; check if you’re still alive; if you’re dead, I will pardon you.
If you’re alive, one big smile. Tch, then if 300,000 people die on the planet, maybe three to five million people would have lost somebody dear to them.
So check those four or five people who matter to you in your life, all of them still alive. One more smile. Hello? Yes?
And you looked at the watch, it’s seven o’clock, and you’re still alive one more smile. Hello?
From now on, you must do this every time you look at the time. If you’re alive, you must smile because this is the greatest thing happening to you.
Not your money, not your profession, not your family; you’re alive right now; this is the thing. Very brief, let’s make it happen.
10.) Make The Best New Year Resolution
Your ability to live well on this planet is essentially how well you can harness your body and mind. Yes or no?
So if you have to harness life the way you want it, there must be a little space between you and the body; there is a little space between you and the mind.
Any suffering you have known in your life has entered you either through the body or through the mind. Do you know any other kind of torture?
Do you know any other kind of suffering? Physical suffering, mental suffering are the only two things you know.
If a bit of distance arises between you and the body, you and the mind are the ends of suffering.
Once there is no fear of suffering, you will only explore the full depth and dimension of this life.
Suppose people experience a distance between you and your thought, between you and your body. For two minutes a day, their lives will change. I’m telling you.
Once they know the freedom of it, you will not like anything.
You will not want any drink or drug or whatever because it is a much bigger high than that, much bigger than anything you have seen.
So one of the resolutions that you take for the New Year is, ‘I meditate’.
Let’s Summarise the Tips for Happiness
#1 Sit on your “Deathbed”
#2 Identify 3 things that make a Wonderful Human Being
#3 Utter Half The Words You Usually Do
#4 Look Back Your Whole Day
#5 Break At Least One Limitation Each Month
#6. Keep Accounts Of Your Joyfulness
#7. Eating With Gratitude
#8. Wake Up With A Smile
#9. Wake Up With A Smile
#10. Make The Best New Year Resolution
There are several Sadhguru’s Books that are available to make others life easy. Isha Foundation has a lot of volunteers who deserve credits for bringing out books that are compilations of Sadhguru’s teachings. Without any further delay, I will share some of the most gripping and life-enriching Sadhguru books.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1). What is Happiness in simple words? (Best Answer)
Ans. Happiness is when your life fulfills your needs in other words happiness comes when you feel satisfied and fulfilled happiness is a feeling of contentment that life is just as it should be. Happiness isn’t about getting what you want it’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.
Q2). What is the key of Success?
Ans. Train your mind to see good in everything. Positivity is always a choice. the happiness of your life depends on the quality of the success of your thought is not the key to happiness but happiness is the key to success.
Q3). What happens when we are happy?
Ans. It is just that when you’re joyful, you are pleasant to the world. When you are joyful, you are sensible in your head. When you are joyful, you will not do stupid things against yourself. There is nobody who’s not been happy, everybody’s been happy, but the problem is they are not able to maintain it, that’s all.
"When doubts haunt me when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. This book has the power to change your life, because it changed mine.
Through this book, not only does Sadhguru explain what Karma is and how we can use its concepts to enhance our lives, he also tells us about the Sutras, a step-by-step guide to navigating our way in this challenging world. In the process, we get a deeper, richer understanding of life and the power to craft our destinies.
Developed by Sadhguru over several years, this powerful practice serves to align the mind and the body with energies around and within, creating a world of limitless power and possibilities. Inner Engineering is your own software for joy and well-being.