Written by: Hoda Elsobky, Executive Contributor
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Have you been looking for happiness for most of your life, if not all of it? Have you spent years and years trying to get hold of it but never seem to get it right?... and whenever you seem to get closer to it, you then discover that was not it — that was not a true kind of happiness, nor a consistent, sustainable and eternal one.
Did you try millions of times to pursue your dream home, dream job, jewelry, and even the best lifestyle — just to find out that there are bigger houses than the one you have, better work than the one you do, fancier cars than the one you own, more sparkling pieces of jewelry than the one you invested in, and even bigger families and happier lifestyles than yours?
Eventually, you find out that happiness does not lie there; and that it comes from a totally independent source of all of these!
In all, you are not alone. The quest for happiness has always been an eternal pursuit. People have always been seeking happiness. Over the years, people have pursued it in money, in children, in career, in success, in power, and in attaining worthiness. Everybody does the chase on his own terms. Some may find it, some may not, and some may get hold of it, then lose it through the years.
Very few know about the secret of eternal happiness!
In all, pandemic is not here to stay forever. We face challenges and have our own ups and downs, and that is life! The virus has invited us to rediscover ourselves, to rediscover a limitless, pure, and abiding source of happiness.
It has proven that happiness lies in the pure and simple forms of life, in the little things; it has proven that a caring friend, a compassionate partner, a loving child is more important than all material aspects of life. A cuddle and a caress from the heart and the soul of a Mom or a Dad means the world and more.
The virus showed clearly that we were seeking happiness in the wrong places, the wrong things, and the wrong persons. It simply proved that wealth is not bound to material and tangible forms only.
"Wealth can be deeper and everlasting."
Have you ever before considered the wealth of the mind, of the soul and of the heart? Forgive me for saying that you are not the car you drive, nor the brands you wear. You are you, totally independent of external factors. You are what you are, and there is nothing wrong with it.
Unleash the true you and befriend your own self. Invest in your mind and heart. The continuous pursuit of monetary enrichment is just as harmful to happiness as not having money at all!
Through my book — Dare to be Happy, and my training program — The Happiness Matrix, I wanted to share the fascination which happiness can bring to people’s lives and its impact on all aspects of life. Based on more than 20 years of trials and errors, research, observations, and scientific studies, my method is a never rebound or revert to unhappiness. The act of being happy, productive, effective, and above all of being of use to anyone is a sequence of simple measures that result in great achievements if followed thoroughly.
All humans can be happy. But it doesn’t mean that all humans are actually happy! Let me put it as simple as, "Never give up on yourself, never give up on your dreams, everything is possible, and everything can be figured out."
Hoda Elsobky, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Hoda was born in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majored in Economics and minor in Business Administration. Later, she received her MBA in Marketing. Her greatest interest lies in Philosophy and Positive Psychology, with a focus on self-help and wellness. Above all, she is passionate about happiness as a way of living! She worked in multinational IT companies in Egypt, like IBM and Oracle, in sales, marketing, and business development capacity, from 1994 to 2005. She flew with her husband to live in Vienna for three years and then to Dubai. There she discovered her passion for writing.