Happiness is considered very important in life. Why is it difficult to define? What factors are important in achieving happiness?

It is everyone’s wish to lead a happy
life
in today’s stressful world. It is difficult to have a universal definition of
happiness
because everyone has different set criteria for its describe it.
This
essay will be discussing that a single parameter can't be set to define
happiness
, and how good health coupled with pleasant family
life
are the most crucial factors to achieve cheerfulness in
life
.
To begin
with, it is difficult to define
happiness
because of the various parameters involved. One important factor is the wealth, which is considered to be a marker of a happy
life
as it enables us to meet our requirements,
however
, it brings extra stress with it as every rich man can't be considered a happy person on
this
planet.
For instance
, a recent article published in the Pakistan Medical Journal revealed that sixty per cent of the elite rich businessmen in Karachi were depressed with their lives, despite having enough finances to lead a luxurious
life
. Contrary to
this
, someone achieving professional excellence alone, without enough financial resources, may not be happy as the lack of money will make him feel deprived rather than being happy. It
thus
clarifies the difficulty to devise a unified definition of
happiness
based on a single parameter.
However
, there are some crucial factors which can play an important role to get the true spirit of
happiness
.
Firstly
,
happiness
will be meaningless without the physical health and well being. A person suffering from blood cancer is likely to remain unhappy, even if provided with any other ingredient of
happiness
like money. Adding
further
, harmonious family relations are an integral part of
happiness
. As per a recent survey report, published in The Times magazine, people having good family relations were found to be the most contented with their lives in the New York City as compared to the ones having more money, but disturbed family
life
.
Thus
, there are other crucial factors beyond wealth and professional achievements, which are integral to a happy
life
. To summarise, it is difficult to define
happiness
based on a single parameter, rather linking of the various criteria of
happiness
will be helpful in achieving
happiness
. I hope that society will have a deep insight into
happiness
to ensure a balanced approach, rather than running after a single factor to achieve it.
Submitted by waqaskhalid24 on

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