Ensuring Happiness

 

Ensuring Happiness

(Vinod Anand)

 

The societies sought and ensured happiness through seeking and ensuring safety, security and by developing mutualisms. Living in community cultivating and pursuing highest virtues of civilization, people attempted to live in harmony and happiness. Empowered with the superbly evolved mind, we could not live in happiness without searching for truth, in order to be in oneness with truth. We built up an environment of learning, of understanding, educating, analyzing and of reasoning, all necessary for creating joy and reaping happiness; if human intellectualization is a cosmic quest, happiness too is a cosmic quest. Thus civilization’s happiness is to be in tune with the cosmic order. Religion, culture and spirituality evolved to promote our internal integrity. All these features of the evolving human civilization were vital to keep happiness alive, evergreen and life- enhancing. Humans sought happiness also through developing and evolving many institutions like those of marriage, family, schools and universities to multiply and enhance happiness through promotion of selflessness, unity, learning, peace, tranquility, humility and intellectualization. Development of art, philosophy and cosmology emerged as an inexhaustible source of happiness. Happiness sought new dimensions for expression. And conditioned by happiness, our scholars evolved even more illuminating forms of art and philosophy. Art forms of healthy recreation — cinema, music, poetry and painting, for instance—led to substantial generation of happiness for all. Creativity is an inexhaustible source of happiness that is rooted in positive expression. The higher the form of creativity, the more intense the joy. With creativity one can beautifully get linked with the past and happiness can be sourced even from bygone times for happiness is something that is dynamic; it travels across ages. Creative achievements and glory of the past trigger happiness in the present. A happy present helps create happy futures, the sweetest outcome of an intense and sensitive civilization, infusing it with deepest meaning. Our education, art, creativity, philosophy, society, cultures, all must try to cultivate beauty. Beauty is a dominant source of joy. The more intensive the beauty the greater the well-being of human-beings for it enhances life both without and within. Beauty is the need of the soul; fork is a source of joy. There can be no greater cosmetic for beauty than happiness. Without beauty we shrink, as Skolimowski would say — we would simply wither away. Bhutan, a small country nestled in the majestic Himalayas spreads the grandeur of Himalayan beauty by going beyond Gross National Product and rooting for Gross National Happiness. The whole world must learn from Bhutan how to nurture and cultivate happiness. What should be the motto of civilization? It must be ‘Happyism’. Its pursuit must be the central theme of every concept, perspective, project, art, every philosophy, plan, policy, law and governance. Happyism would help welcome peace and beauty in a civilization. A happy civilization is a highly creative, vibrant, life- enhancing and true civilization. Happyism would serve as the foundation of a sustainable and content civilization.

 

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