Happiness Does Not Always Lie In Being Rich
Happiness does not always lie in being rich. ‘Happiness’ is the subject of debate on usage and meaning, and on possible differences in understanding by culture. Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing, and well-being.
There are many rich people who cannot enjoy food and drink and, who cannot enjoy the beauties of the world as much as poor ones because of a lack of appetite or ill health.
Although poverty is not something to be desired and indeed, as stated by the Messenger Muhammad can, in some cases, cause unbelief in the poor, it is difficult to claim that the rich are always happier than the poor. Nor one can assert that people in the Middle Ages when living standards were relatively lower than now were less happy than modern rich people. Happiness lies rather in spiritual satisfaction than in having all the material facilities to gratify all one’s bodily desires.
By Bediuzzaman Said Nursi