Eight Clues to Happiness

EIGHT CLUES TO HAPPINESS

By- KHUSHWANT SINGH

Ceramic Products Manufacturer in Malaysia

Ceramic Products

Having lived a reasonablycontented life, I was musing over what a person should strive for to achievehappiness. I drew up a list of a few essentials which I put forward for thereaders’ appraisal.

1. First and foremost is GOOD HEALTH. If you do not enjoy goodhealth you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will deduct fromyour happiness.

2. Second, A HEALTHY BANK BALANCE. It need not run into crores but shouldbe enough to provide for creature comforts and something to spare forrecreation, like eating out, going to the pictures, travelling or going onholidays on the hills or by the sea. Shortage of money can be onlydemoralizing. Living on credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one inone’s own eyes.

3. Third, A HOME OF YOUR OWN. Rented premises can never give you thesnug feeling of a nest which is yours for keeps that a home provides: if it hasa garden space, all the better. Plant your own trees and flowers, see them growand blossom, cultivate a sense of kinship with them.

4. Fourth, AN UNDERSTANDING COMPANION, be it your spouse or afriend. If there are too many misunderstandings, they will rob you of yourpeace of mind. It is better to be divorced than to bicker all the time.

5. Fifth, LACK OF ENVY towards those who have done betterthan you in life; risen higher, made more money, or earned more fame. Envy canbe very corroding; avoid comparing yourself with others.

6. Sixth, DO NOT ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE to descend on you forgup-shup. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel exhausted and poisonedby their gossip-mongering.

7. Seventh, CULTIVATE SOME HOBBIES which can bring you a senseof fulfilment, such as gardening, reading, writing, painting, playing orlistening to music. Going to clubs or parties to get free drinks or to meetcelebrities is criminal waste of time.

8. Eighth, every morning andevening, devote 15 minutes to INTROSPECTION. In the morning, 10 minutes should be spent on stilling the mindand then five in listing things you have to do that day. In the evening, fiveminutes to still the mind again, and ten to go over what you had undertaken todo.

RICHNESS is not Earning More,Spending More Or Saving More, but …

“RICHNESS IS WHEN YOUNEED NO MORE”

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