The purpose of your life is happiness.
Happiness is not luxury but an absolute right of all people. Happiness must be created within us, by us. It is our responsibility to assure that happiness is part of our duty to others, to our entire community, to our entire world.
We all have the right to pursue happiness. But often, in that pursuit we can forget what really matters and miss the point to it completely.
But happiness is not something you can contain, bottle, prescribe and formulate. Sometimes we don't need to pursue this happiness, we just need to pause and let it catch up with us.
The Guardian's Mark Williamson, says: "happiness doesn't just help us function better: happiness also brings substantial benefits for society as a whole. For example, a review of more than 160 studies found “clear and compelling evidence” that happier people have better overall health and live longer than their less happy peers. They are around half as likely to catch the cold virus and have a 50% lower risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke.
Happier people are also less likely to engage in risky behaviour – for example, they are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to be involved in road accidents. Happier people are even more financially responsible, tending to save more and have more control over their expenditures.
But perhaps most importantly of all, people who are happier are more likely to make a positive contribution to society. In particular, they are more likely to vote, do voluntary work and participate in public activities. They also have a greater respect for law and order and offer more help to others.
Happiness is not a life without worries or struggles. Happiness is the robust sense of fulfillment one feels when bravely confronting hardship. It is that elevation of the spirit, like an airplane gaining lift from the air resistance against its wings.
- Daisaku Ikeda