By Ikram Abdelhamid Benzouine
By Ikram Abdelhamid Benzouine
Morocco World News
Rabat, Nov 11, 2012
Happiness is on everyone’s wish-list. Given that only a few are lucky enough to get it, happiness is usually imputed to ‘luck’ or ‘good fortune’. In point of fact, happiness is generally a misconstrued term. By way of illustration, lots of people are unable to discern between satisfaction and happiness. Satisfaction occurs when the human sensory desires are quenched whereas happiness stems from the soul itself. As said by Democritus: “Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”
As anyone would have thought, people endorse miscellaneous means to gaining happiness owing to its Byzantine nature. Most people believe that happiness can be attained through money-oriented chattels. Deeming this claim factual, the well-heeled minority would be the happiest and most contented. However, this is actually unsound for the reason that a number of the wealthiest people refuge to the meekest destinations when money cannot buy them happiness. By the same token, no verity is sensed when one maintains that power paves the way to being happy.
Many psychotherapists have ascertained that serenity and temperance are keynote to leading a happy life. To put it bluntly, one should be bold enough to take pleasure in what they have. In the words of Oprah Winfrey, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Therefore, feeling the need to obtain more, and usually inessential things, can never feed our happiness-famished souls. One must keep in mind that “happiness is wanting what you get”, as stated by Dale Carnegie.
Amongst the stoutest undercurrents of happiness is confiding in one’s religious beliefs. In many dilemmatic situations, one fails to content themselves unless they turn to their religion. As stated in the Bible, “Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4. For Christians, then, the more they believe in Fate the happier they are. Correspondingly, Allah says in the Quran: “Whosoever does right, whether male or female, and is a believer, we shall make them live a good life, and We shall pay them a recompense in proportion to the best of what they used to do.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 97]
This “good life” is happiness itself. It is realized through faith and good deeds.
The Quran also uses the term “the openness of the heart” to imply happiness. Allah says: “Those whom Allah wills to guide, He opens their breast to Islam; those whom He wills to leave straying, He makes their breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies: thus does Allah (heap) the penalty on those who refuse to believe.” [Sûrah al-An`âm: 125]. Both Christianity and Islam, along with other religions, bear out that total happiness is achieved through full devotion to worshipping God and taking pleasure in whatever they are given.
What is more, famous religion intellectuals, such as Gandhi and Rumi, believe that religion guarantees boundless peacefulness and comfort. For them, individual virtuousness leads to happiness. Thus, being wealthy or someone of power is but a source of discomfort and anxiety.
On the whole, I believe that happiness is subject to the simplicity of life and purity of one’s soul. The irony of life is that it does not cost one single penny. Happiness can be sensed only from our inside and whoever believes it hails from worldly possessions must be a hare-brained. Humans tend to forget that happiness does not come as a result of something we do not have, but rather of appreciating what we have.