All of us wish and dream for a better life, but how many
of us become successful in attaining a better life. The
main question is that what is the definition of better life.
For most person, the better life means, is to have big
money, fancy duplexes, expensive cars, designer clothes.
But are they assurance of a happy and fulfilling life in the
long run? People may say that money solves most problems
in life. It definitely gives you comfort. That is unchallenged,
but the problem is that the pursuit of money is often confused
with the pursuit of happiness and vice-verse. On the other
hand people who enjoy close ties with friends and family
are happier and have fewer health problems than those who
do not have. These people are more resilient to the stress of
our times and cope with hurdles in their way in a far better way.
Experts and researchers have derived the same conclusion.
Happiness is not about money or success. What is it all about
then? The feeling of happiness is different from one person to
another. Some person may enjoy the rain while the other may
hate it. Some people feel happy while gossiping. One may think
these are momentary pleasures, but it is these small things that
make people most happy. Material possessions are not the only
route to happiness.
The next logical question would be that how does
one understand whether he or she is leading a good life? In his
website, www.thegoodlife.org Jamison Fox, asks a few fundamental
questions to make people conscious of the kind of lives they are
living. Would you like to be happier, healthier, wealthier or make
the world a better place, he asks. "Impressing others, advancing
your career will not give a very satisfied life. Living a good life is
about being happy with what you have, and pursuing your dreams
at the same time," says Fox. Money is a medium, an energy. There
are people who have an abundance of it but they still feel empty.
They often find themselves wondering what is missing. The answer
is happiness. Everyone needs to add to the external factors of well
-being. People need to have a sense of purpose, spiritual practice,
stillness, time to just be. To live life in gratitude, not giving energy
to critics or negativity, going outside the comfort zone to help others,
giving you the kind of happiness you never hoped to achieve.
New age guru Deepak Chopra believes becoming
more conscious, make people more successful in every sphere of life.
"People tend to approach life on a day-to-day basis, doing three
things : following a set routine; coping with challenges as and when
they come up and fulfilling short-term desires. By and large, it is
routine that dominates. Even the thoughts we have today are
generally the same thoughts we had yesterday. The hidden
potential in all of us that does not get expressed lacks in only
one place : your awareness. As you open your awareness, life
opens its innumerable possibilities," he says. "Worry only about
the things that are in your control, keep your life simple. Keep
calming pleasures. Avoid excess and live life in harmony and
balance" says, Michael A. Soupios in his book,
TEN GOLDEN RULE ON LIVING THE GOOD LIFE.
Jonathan Fields is an author, an entrepreneur and
lifestyle innovator. He produces a TV show called "THE GOOD LIFE".
Project that draws inspiration from the real life experiences
of acclaimed entrepreneurs, artists, authors and thinkers.
Jonathan says, "A few years ago, I would have said,"I need to get
a good life". Now I have come to believe that once your basic
needs are covered, life well-lived is more about mindset than
circumstances.Happiness is not a place to arrive at, it is a lens you
bring to the place you are standing right now".