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History Of Happiness

posted 24 Feb 2013, 06:30 by Mpelembe   [ updated 24 Feb 2013, 06:30 ]

The history of happiness didn't begin just a few years ago. It
wasn't even a couple of thousand years ago that it began. No one
knows the exact time that happiness was first experienced but it
is often estimated that happiness began several thousand years
ago because of the earliest writings that have been handed down
through history. As early as 5,000 BC there are sacred texts
known as the Vedas which were written by great sages and which
explain the way to find true happiness in life. The Vedas have
been the source of the Hindu religion for thousands of years and
were even studied by the Buddha himself. What is certain is that
happiness has come along with the existence of life itself and
only the Supreme Being knows for sure when it all began.

Although nothing is for sure concerning happiness and the
history of its origins, we know that there is a sense of
happiness that differentiates itself from the material happiness
that many people seek out in modern times. Spiritual happiness
is something that still lies deep within us and necessarily
depends on the perception of the individual who decides whether
they want to pursue this or not. Different people can become
happy in different ways and there are many spiritual traditions
from the Greek to the modern day Islamic traditions which all
help people to find the happiness that they are searching for in

The history of happiness may vary according to different people
but one thing seems to be true, people learn by experience and
through mistakes. In many cases, older people actually tend to
be happier than younger people because of the fact that they
have experienced life already and have learned from their
mistakes. They have tried a variety of approaches in life and
learned to be successful according to what they do. They have
failed at times, yes, but they also learned to stand up and face
the world again. This historical experience, for them, has
contributed to their ability to be happy and to find the real
source of happiness which is actually coming from inside
themselves. They may have committed mistakes but they are still
here, loving and being loved by the others around them.

A story about happiness may help to illustrate the way history
plays such an important role in how we learn to be happier in
our lives. There was once a young boy and an apple tree who were
friends. The boy would always swing from the branches of the
tree, climb all over it, eat the apples and sleet under the
tree. These were such happy days but, when the boy got older, he
spent less time with the tree and the man only became interested
in money. The tree said, "Take my apples and sell them, these
will give you lots of money." The man did so and the tree was
happy. The tree did not see the man for a long time after that.
The man grew older, tired of the world and wanted to get away
from it. When the tree saw the old man, it said, "Cut a large
trunk out of me and make a boat, it will send you off to
different places." The man did so and the tree was happy. The
tree waited again until the time the man, its true friend, would
return. Finally, the old man returned but he was too old to play
and too tired to pursue any more wealth. The tree said, "Why
don't you just sit down and rest in my shade?" The man did so
and the tree was happy.

The story can be understood such that we see ourselves growing
older and recognizing that there are trees in our lives which
give and are willing to give more and more even if it means
releasing a part of themselves to us. Just how many trees in our
lives would help us achieve our individual goals and reach our
satisfaction in life depends upon us and what we really need to
be happy. How many times in life do we take simple things like
"shade" for granted? This reflection may help us realize that it
may not be the trees in our lives that bring us happiness but
the way we relate to them and take advantage of their gifts. It
may be that we need very little in life but it takes us an
entire lifetime to realize this simple fact. This may be what
history is also showing us and something that, hopefully, many
people will recognize sooner rather than later.

About The Author: Gary Miller was the World's Leading expert on
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