Giving Is The Meaning Of Happiness

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Giving is the meaning of happiness. “Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness”. (qtd. in Barnet and Hugo 775). In other words, if inside you are unhappy or you do not want to be unhappy turn that around and pluck out the joy and the happiness however little it may be and put it out there for everyone and notice how that joy and happiness will build and then return back to you. Happiness is not just self-satisfaction, it involves generosity, compassion, and good relationship toward others. These days we associate happiness with material things, the more we have the more we want, and at the end we realized that material things give us only temporary happiness. There are many definitions about happiness but according to Van Gelder, author of the article A Brief History of Happiness, we had been confused about this concept for the last 100 years. She mentions that happiness is something big, it determines what we do, it requires our sacrifice, and it interferes in the way we spend our money and our time. Happiness is not just self-satisfaction, many should agree that generosity brings happiness to others, but more to the ones who decide to share what they have. Something important to consider when looking for…
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