Happiness & Satisfaction. Imagine that you watch the earth from a distance above. What do you see? People running in circle. They leave home in the morning and get home in the night, or run in circle in their home from bed to desk and back. Why do they this? Surviving, satisfaction, happiness?! I was meditating if a millionaire is happier than the average (I mean financial) man and what I will do if I would be a millionaire over night. After a while, I concluded that the advantage of the rich gay over the financial average man reside only in a greater potential to episodic satisfy his senses, needs and wishes, but not a greater capacity at the attitudinal and mental or inner level.
It is sure that happiness and complete frustration are at war. But this doesn’t mean that a complete satisfaction of our senses, needs and wishes assure you happiness. More, you need a little frustration in order to get into a state of happiness, because we humans feel happy only by difference from a lower state to an upper state. We get ordinary and bored even in the highest state of satisfaction.
Happiness & Senses. Let’s take into attention the senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. From these all only sight and taste make the difference between the two (rich and average man). The rich man has the financial resources to travel where he wants and sees almost all beautiful places in the world and to eat daily all tasty food from allover the world. These things make a significant difference, but take into account that humans get bored with something which occur almost daily, even if this something is the best, because we feel happy only by difference from a lower state to an upper state. And if something is the best what is the next level if you want to feel a difference?!
Happiness & Needs. I think that there is no difference between the two at this level. The financial average man has the resources to satisfy his basic needs: food; sex; safety and security; socialization: friendship and family. But let’s take into account the needs as a whole, not only bodily needs but developmental needs. At the level of self-esteem we may think that the rich man stay better, but it depends on each individual and your attitude toward yourself and others, which can be worked even if you don’t have lots of money. The level of self-actualization also doesn’t depend on lot of money but mostly on your activity and creativity. In other words on your capacity to make your daily activities creative and interesting, which will take you into a flow state of mind, a state of totally and pleasant implication in your activity.
Happiness & Wishes. Here the rich man may have an advantage, with money you can satisfy your most odd wishes and dreams. Take into account, though, that wishes and dreams are more interesting on the path to fulfilling them and pleasant for a short time after, they are not something for the long run, they are something episodic. But let’s be honest, the rich man have a real advantage here.
Happiness & Inner Activity. At this level of mental activity there is no difference between the two. Each of them can have a rich mental activity if they take time to cultivate their mind and imagination. Inner activity and satisfaction have a great impact on your level of happiness. If your inner activity is poor and your aren’t satisfied with what you have and do, then the satisfaction of your senses, needs and wishes make no big difference, because happiness happens at the inner level and activity.
More important than simple and episodic satisfaction of your senses is the inner or attitudinal element. Your attitude toward everything that happens in your life is an essential ingredient of your happiness, but most important is your attitude toward your life as a whole. Is your attitude toward your life one of gratitude and satisfaction or not? Are you satisfied with what you have, do and think everyday?
In our era of consumption, satisfaction and bodily pleasure are overestimated to be the sure way to happiness and ignore the power of inner activity. When you are an ignorant that is a bad state for you, but when you think you are a wise man that is a bad state for you too. And you know why? Because in each of these states your inner activity is low. Only when you are on the path from the ignorant state of mind to the wise or knowing state, you are in a productive state of mind. This doesn’t mean it isn’t a good thing to be a wise man, but is a bad thing to think you are a wise man, it will shrink your mind activity.
Happiness = Senses, Needs, Wishes Satisfaction + Inner Satisfaction & Activity, for the simple reason that You = Body + Mind.