There are many and different levels leading to happiness. Earlier in my studies while taking up Psychology, a professor mentioned that happiness is a state of the mind. You can choose to be happy or you can choose to live a miserable life. She explained however, that true happiness can only be achieved in the state of nirvana.
The happiness that we experience now is a passing kind of happiness which is temporary. This kind of happiness depends on the level of success you have achieved. It is said that in order for one to be happy, this person need to have a sense of fulfillment in all aspects of life.
This person must complete each aspect in order to find contentment therefore, moving on to a higher plane hence, experiencing happiness in different levels.
Imagine the structure of stairs lets say there are 5 steps -The first one being the spirituality, personal, mental, social, and professional The spiritual plane is the foundation where your beliefs are present. It is important to acknowledge a higher power and humble ourselves to find our purpose in life or think what is it that makes me want to live? Without direction, we are lost. With direction, we strive to live life to the fullest. Second is your persona -your character, behaviour and how you present yourself. Are you confident? If a person is confident he projects himself as someone pleasing to be with.
People will want to be involved with a confident, good-looking and pleasant person. Third is the mental aspect - are you educated? are you curious in life? Do want to learn? If you show interest in the many facets of life, you achieve a different level of happiness by being aware of the things around you.
Fourth is the environmental aspect or your social being, are you rich in friends? Can you maintain relationships? Do you treasure relationships? Family and friends keep us grounded. Fifth is the professional plane, what you have achieved in this aspect determines your happiness. For example, if you feel that you have achieved success then you are happy but this aspect is too broad. Contentment and feelings of success come by as you mature.
True happiness comes from within. A person who finds purpose and takes direction in his life, a person with the passion to live and experience life, and who takes pleasure in every opportunity and turns every challenge into something positive is a happy person.
Happiness is infectious and so is depression. When a person is full of negativity and shows a lack of interest in life this person is bound to failure. On the other hand, a happy person is ambitious and full of positivity displays zest for life, explores out of his comfort zone, educates himself continuously, lives freely, and enjoys life. Happiness equals success and success equals happiness.