Man’s primary goal in life,from time immemorial, is the pursuit of happiness. Our every endeavor in life is geared to the increase of our happiness quotient. We may be interested in joy through the attainment of Nirvana or in happiness through the acquisition of material wealth, power or glory.
Whatever be the pursuit the common denominator of all mankind’s activities is for an increase in his happiness.
Given that we are interested in increasing our happiness or contentment levels it makes sense to identify ways to keep our happiness levels brimming or overflowing.
A common sense way to make sure that we are happy and joyful in life is to diversify our investment in many activities that can bring to us consequent happiness. We need to pursue several activities each of which can bring a certain level of happiness to us.
For example we could learn some new skill like playing a musical instrument, involving ourselves in creative activity etc. As we become more proficient we will can bask in a sense of achievement. We could also involve ourself in doing our bit to the needy and the underprivileged. From this activity we can derive satisfaction when we do our bit to the needy. We could try to spend quality time with our family on a regular basis. This can greatly contribute to your joy at home.
In any case it is important that our returns to our happiness pool is from several different and diverse activities that we have spawned off. At no point in time should we pin our happiness on the outcome of just one single event. For example if we were to pin our hopes on getting that promotion in office, getting a raise or for example getting admission in some college in which you have set your heart on you are setting yourself for some painful experience.
The key take away is that if our joy at any point in life is dependent on just one single event we can feel crushed if that does not happen.
The important thing in life is to ensure that we invest in several parallel activities in life and reap the returns from some or all of these events turning in our favor.
Hence to lead a happy life “diversify your happiness” and reap rich dividends of joy.