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Yuletide Gifts Ideas–Happiness

Christmas Gifts Ideas–Happiness

Christmas is all about happiness! Aristotle said, “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” Gifts, in general, give happiness to both the giver and the receiver. However, the happiness of the receiver is greater. It can be enhanced many fold if the gift is liked, and, furthermore, is specially intended to increase happiness.
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy”
(Dalai Lama)
And,
“Being able to give happiness brings happiness. That is the purpose of life.”
(Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche)
So, the purpose of life is to Be Happy! Give others happiness, which in turn will make you happy.
But, how do we increase happiness of others by giving Christmas gifts?
Before we go into the details of this, let us see what the Fundamentals of Happiness are.
The sources of happiness are: Mind (our positive and happy attitude towards life, others, and the world), our body, family and friends, society, nature, human created things (books, music, dance, arts and crafts, films, food, transportation, etc.), love and care, Niskam Karm (action without undue anxiety about its fruits), yoga, including, meditation.
Now, what is the ideal gift which enhances happiness?
This is not an easy question.
Why?
Because, there are many dimensions to happiness. Nature does give happiness; but somebody may be happier in the company of books. Then gifts have also many aspects. Should it be useful, in the practical sense, or should it be gratifying to our senses only?
Some of the characteristics of an ideal happiness gift would be: It should be useful; it should be long lasting; it should be desirable; it should be something ‘cool’

Yuletide Gifts Ideas–Happiness

Mon, December 12 2011 » Uncommon