Monday, 7 July 2014

Happiness is a state of mind

Today is my 19th birthday. Today is also the day I have learned something really important about happiness. Something that might change my perception about the world and how it functions or perhaps the way I shall think in the future.

The mantra is : Happiness is a state of mind.

Last night, I was ecstatic. I never felt such happiness within me since a really long time. My parents made it the possible best dinner night out possible and how I wish, I could lock up this feeling within me forever.




Since the last 19th years of my existence, birthdays are a great deal for me. Days before my birthday, I get nightmares about how my birthday might pass just like an ordinary day. I plan for my birthdays, weeks in advance and always try to make it the most PERFECT day in the year. I want to be treated special that day, to be treated like a princess for at least a day and there lies the problem, I expect and that my dear friend, lies the cause of my misery. I expect from people to do something special for me, to help me make the happiest day of the year and when it fails, I lose my essence of the day, making it worse than it actually is.

Today was no exception although I'm grateful that I learned this lesson finally after 19 odd years.

We often believe that our happiness depends on others, fate or external forces that or not in our control. We often try to find happiness in others failing to realize that we control our own happiness. We also tend to find happiness in materialistic things, like a big house, precious gems, expensive watches but true happiness comes in small packages. I have always been a big believer in this.We fail to feel grateful of what we have and focus on what we don't and once we're sad, we try to make ourselves more miserable by thinking of all the other things that goes wrong in our lives though directly or indirectly or not even related.

I still have four hours of my birthday. Please excuse me as I try to get my happiness in my hands and get this day better, tell my family and close friends how grateful I'm and absorb the lesson I have learned today.

A very happy birthday to me! Cheers!

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20 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday... I hope it was special...

    You are right that we cannot rely on others for happiness as it comes from within. This is not the easiest lesson to learn... it's a good one to learn though, it changes your perspective on so many things :-)

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    1. Thank you for the wishes! Yeah, i'm glad to have finally learn it :)

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  2. A wonderful birthday wish for you.

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  3. If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, then i guess you do have a problem - Richard Bach, Illusions

    Belated birthday wishes Sakshi.

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    1. "You don't really understand a quote until it happens to you" - A random thought by me :P

      If I would have read the quote you wrote a few days back, I wouldn't have realized it but it is true.

      Thanks for the wishes! :)

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  4. Happy Birthday for you my friend Sakshi...

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  5. The secret of being Happy is accepting where u are in life n making the most out of everyday.. Happy Birthday :)


    Jom Terjah : Buffet Ramadhan Casa Ombak :)


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  6. Found your blog at Indiblogger... Happy Birthday.. hope you find happiness in everything you do. :)

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  7. That's a great lesson to learn and you learned it 5 years before I did. That's a great gift I think. Happy Birthday!

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    1. What matters is the end result. We both have finally learned this lesson. Thank you! :)

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  8. Belated happy birthday to you !! and well as it happens my birthday falls in this month too!!

    And well I agree completely to your post and it is good that you finally realized it!!

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    1. Yayy! It's your birthday month! ^.^

      Thank you!

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  9. I hope you had a great birthday and I think that the realization that ultimately we are responsible for our own happiness is possibly one of the best birthday presents you could have received.

    All too often people hold others and materiel things responsible for their happiness, but at the end of the day it is usually the simplest things that truly make us happy.

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    1. I agree with you. This was probably a present that would stay with me throughout my lifetime.

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