There are two keys to happiness, one is being grateful with your life, the other is being content with what you have.
Grateful is really a powerful word. There are a lot of ways to being grateful. You have a little bread for breakfast? You are richer than most of the kids in Africa. You have a roof above your head? You are better than many homeless people in your city. You have a job you don’t like? There are fresh graduates out there who can not get a single job.
Every time God is calling us, five times a day, the muadzin will say “hayya ala shalah” and then “hayya ala al-falaah”. Pray, show your gratefulness to God, then you will be happy. Be grateful, and you will find happiness.
Feels miserable? Write ten things that made you grateful today. Write it on gratefulness journal. Every. Single. Day. By the end of the month, you will find 300 things that made you happy. By the end of the year, you will find 3650. If you can’t find any, see what you wrote days before.
The second key is content with what you have. It is an extension for gratefulness. You feel that all you have is good for you. You don’t feel like to buy things you don’t really need. You share what you have to the others. You don’t care about what people say about you. You feel passionate about what you are doing.
Not caring about what people say about you is one of the key of being content. They said your job is barely make living? They don’t do your job, they don’t know. They said you are not beautiful, you are ugly? Well, we can’t change our face, so, why bother. They said your house is not big enough for your family? They don’t know that you have worked hard and that is the best house you can afford.
You are the key of your happiness. Don’t outsource your happiness to others. Be grateful and content with your life.