Happiness Comes In Small Packages


In the 21st century humans are more highly attached and obsessed with materialistic things than with their loved ones. According to Ingrid Van Mater “Death is a part of life.” When we die, we don’t get to carry the most loved possessions of ours, but we do get to carry the lovely and pleasant memories of life spend with our loved ones. We’ve all heard that possessions won’t bring you happiness, but how many of us actually believe and follow that?

Materialistic Things Don’t Bring Happiness

The thing is like every living being, material things also have an expiry date however imperishable they may initially seem to be. Of course materialistic things are a constitutional part of our life, but one must never forget that these things are just a part of our life not our entire life.

We all know money is important in our lives. Without money we cannot survive in this world. But making it the most important part of one’s life? Now that is something extremely wrong. Spend the money on experiences not things. My father once told me, “After you die, no one is going to remember if you had a big bungalow or expensive designer clothes but they will remember you for most things that money can never buy. So, don’t let your life be only about materialistic things. Make your life better than that.”

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Life Is Short

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough – Mae West

Since the day we are born, we have been told that whatever we possess will bring us happiness. Wealth is everything, and its the most important and prime thing in our life. We are socially conditioned to think this way. The roots of this message are so deep that we use it in our day-to-day life. Our life revolves around money. We have become so obsessed with things that now the materialistic possessions have taken over the place that our loved ones held in our life.

Smart phones, Tablets, Branded clothing, Expensive jewellery control our minds. While trapped in the cobweb of these possessions we often tends to forget that materials can’t improve us as a person. The more things we posses, the more our fear of losing those possessions increases. Life is short and while we indulge ourselves in material possessions, we actually ignore the importance of happiness; we forget to live.

A Lesson To Learn From A Child

It was on December, 2016, when I went to Darjeeling with my parents for the winter vacation. We decided to go to Chota Mangwa, which was a part of our tour. Its an abstruse exotic location in the hills of Darjeeling. Chota Mangwa is one and a half hours drive from Darjeeling.

It’s a quiet village with some excellent and beautiful view for site seeing. Chota Mangwa is an eco-friendly village with extremely friendly, sweet and down to earth people to welcome you. I was taking a stroll through the village nearby with my parents, where I encountered two kids sitting on a plank enjoying their lunch. Those children were happy in their own world. These kids were actually enjoying their life while they did not posses any fancy gadget.  They didn’t even have a doll or a remote control car to play with. It seemed they seemed genuinely thankful and grateful for what they had! Maybe that is why it is said that “Children see magic in things because they look for it.”

Therefore, a child can teach an adult so much about true happiness and how to be happy with what you have. Look around you, life is full of blessings but when you actually start to value it, you can truly see magic. Collect moments not things is the mantra I follow!

Edited by: Himesh Saraf