Here’s an easy hack to be happy in life.
Yes, it’s as simple as that.
Humans are social creatures. We have an inherent need to connect with other people, whether we accept it or not.
You know, even the most introverted people have at least one or two friends that they are really close to.
Philosophy backs it too.
Epicurus, an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of a highly influential school of philosophy called Epicureanism, was a strong proponent of friendship.
He believed that friendship is essential to human happiness. So much so that in 306 BC, he moved into a new house in Athens with a few of his friends.
Although a bit extreme, his experiment was highly successful.
The following quote perfectly encapsulates Epicurus’ views on friendships –
“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.”
Moreover, unlike most romantic relationships, friendships are not marred by possessiveness, bitterness, or resentment.
Pursuing meaningful friendships can thus be fundamental to our happiness.
It’s an easy hack to be happy in life.
And not just in real life but thanks to technology, we can build friendships in the virtual world too. These online friendships can be as beneficial for our well-being as offline friendships, if not more.
Moreover, such friendships allow us to get in touch with like-minded people irrespective of geographic constraints.
I consider myself fortunate enough to have made a few really good friends on this platform.
So on this friendship day, go make new friends, connect with old friends, or just be a good friend to someone.
Happiness is a long journey. And friendship is an easy way to get started on this journey.
Thanks for reading. I am Shikhil Vyas, a technical content writer and self-help blogger. Subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter, Simpler Sundays, to get a dose of relaxed reading delivered directly to your inbox.