Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. – Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle

What is happiness? It is just a sense of well-being, contentment, joy or cheerfulness. Different people feel happiness for various reasons. Whenever doing something caused happiness, people always wanted to do that thing more to feel much more happiness.

But the truth is if you can’t feel that life is good, worthwhile and meaningful with whatever you have, you can never be satisfied or happy in your life. Expecting too much happiness every time will eventually make you sad for not getting it.

For example, when I was 8 years old, on every Sunday, I used to go to the market with my father to get all the provisions for the week. The market was filled with vegetables, fruits, fish, meats, toys, flowers, and many more beautiful things. And at the end of the market, there was an ice-cream parlour.

Almost nothing in this world brought so much joy on my face as much as the thought of having ice-cream from that parlor every Sunday. It was a small thing, but for me, it was my moment of pure happiness. Today I rarely feel that kind of joy anymore, because, like others, my reason for happiness has also changed.

The problem is we try to find happiness all around when the answer is right in front of us. Try finding joy in every small moment of your life, rather than expecting too much happiness at once.

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