In Pursuit of Happiness

September 21,2017 By: Mansi poddar

The reason why there is so little happiness in the world is that we depend on external sources to be happy. Happiness is not dependent on anything or anyone or found anywhere in particular.

Happiness is only possible when we are able to accept everyone as they are. That means we may have to control the urge to judge or resist others, to complaining and blaming, to criticising and controlling and, competing with others.

85491732358276ff7a32a89b69aefc6bIt is only when we choose thoughts and feelings aligned with our true nature of purity, peace, and love that we shift from – asking to share; holding on to letting go; expectations to acceptance; past & future to being in the now. We create a life of joy, contentment, and bliss because we have the choice and the power to do so.

Happiness is a Decision.

The search for happiness consumes our lives. Many of us continually postpone our happiness and do so indefinitely.

It’s not that we consciously set out to do so, but we keep convincing ourselves, “Someday I’ll be happy”. We tell ourselves we’ll be happy when we get out of school, get our first job when we have a nicer car, a better house. But there is no better time to be happy than right now.

16d34216658155280c82a0b7acd966e5The quality of thoughts we create in our mind generate corresponding feelings. Therefore, our happiness is directly linked to what we choose to think.

In challenging situations we lose our happiness because we have been living in the illusion that the external situation decides our inner state.

When we blame external situations, other people or even God for our current state of mind, we cease to take responsibility of our own creation – our thoughts, words, and actions.

External situations are only a stimulus and we always have the choice in every situation.We always have the power to create positive thoughts, irrespective of the situation.


Here we explore the journey to overcome expectations and desires, forget the past, not depend on the future, live in the present, not ask for happiness, instead create it and share it with those around us.

Happiness is not a destination but a journey, one that you are in charge of.

-Contributed by our Psychotherapist, Prachi Rathi.