In The Pursuit Of Happiness

Man is engaged in every kind of imaginable activity to make a living. In the end, all these pursuits for a livelihood are toward one goal, the attainment of happiness.  We all strive hard to achieve tranquility and peace within ourselves. For many however, inner happiness is ever illusive. Despite repeated searching, some people never get to find happiness. How do we safe ourselves from such a trap? How can we live happy lives?

#1.Faith and Good Deeds

The easiest ways to attain happiness is through faith and doing righteous deeds. Allaah the exalted says (translated into English):

“Whoever does good whether male or female and is a believer, We will most certainly make him live a happy life, and We will most certainly give them their reward for the best of what they did.”(An-Nahl 16:97)

Allaah, who never breaks His promise, has taken it upon Himself to make the doers of good happy. However the doer of good mentioned here must be someone who has faith. This does not relate to a non believer.  The believer who does good is promised happiness in both this and the next life.

#2.Showing Kindness to others

A sure way to rid yourself of worries and anxiety is by treating the creations of Allaah with mercy and kindness. Being kind to others is opening the doors to getting Allaah’s protection from worries and anxiety. Are you inundated with constant worrying? Have you been depressed lately? Do some acts of kindness only for the sake of Allaah and soon you will get relieve.

#3.Live in the present

Occupying yourself with present things while desisting from reliving past failures or getting worked-up on what will happen in the future will greatly spare you a lot of worries. The bottom line is, live in the present. Do not cry over spilt milk and do not overburden yourself with thoughts of tomorrow that is yet to come.

#4.Do a lot of Zikr

In the Quran Allaah says (translated into English):
“Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allaah hearts are assured.” (Ar-Rad 13:28)

A sure way to bring happiness to your heart is through the remembrance of Allaah. Remembering Allaah often removes worries and gives you peace.

#5.Seek reward only from the Creator not the created

Many people strive hard for their friends and loved ones and naturally they will expect recognition for their effort. Many are infuriated that despite all their efforts, they don’t get the recognition for it. That can lead to a lot of heartache. However, you’ll be doing yourself a lot of favors if you seek the pleasure of Allaah in all that you do. Remembering that only Allaah reward good deeds and only He can pardon sins is very helpful. What is important is seeking recognition from Allaah and not from the created.

#6.Start off with the chores you love

When you have multiple tasks to complete, start off with the tasks you like more before going to the tasks that earn you little pleasure or the tasks that bore you. Starting with the tasks that you love will uplift you, by the time you get to the tasks you like the least, you would have been in a good mood already.

We pray that Allaah grant happiness to us all .

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