Life lesson kids taught me about happiness

Every one in this fast paced life is running towards success in order to be happy. It is like a mirage. More we run towards it, farther it seems.

We keep telling ourselves that once we achieve our goals, we will be happy. But once we achieve that, we start aiming for higher, instead of enjoying the fruits of our labor.

First we want a house, than once we have it, we want a bigger one with all the world’s luxuries in it. We work harder day in day out, in order to have everything but we do not have enough time to enjoy it and be happy.

Recently I was showing my young kid a YouTube video of babies having fun. Babies were laughing, giggling having fun out of life’s simple things like sound made by tearing paper, faces made by father and what not.

Kids around the world, find happiness in anything and everything. They do not need expensive clothes, toys or other worldly things in order to be happy.

They live in present and enjoy the moment without any worry. They do not seek happiness but some how know to live life to fullest.

They do not know what is risk and what it feels like to loose. They explore, they are inquisitive, they are interested in everything world has to offer.

But some how when we grow, we stop doing all of these things. Fear, greed and unhappiness sets deep into us.

We start seeking happiness and forgot to live in present. We do not appreciate what we have. We feel jealous about the achievement of other’s instead of working towards our goals.

One thing that we need to learn from kids is to live life in the moment. Do not seek happiness but be happy.

“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you; but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” — Henry Thoreau

Watch this cute YouTube video to have some fun

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