“The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.” Thomas Jefferson.
The world may be a dreary, dreadful, and dangerous place to venture into. There may be cut-throat competition in which survival of the mean, cunning, and bully only is possible. It may not be a place for gentle, honest, and kind people like you. It is full of murderers, criminals, rapists, and swindlers. They are ready to snatch away the loaf of bread from your hand. You need a sanctuary from them. You need a place where there are love and care, understanding and compassion, give and take. You need somebody who could guide and protect you. You need somebody who could be an equal partner in your joys and sorrows. You need somebody upon whom you could shower your love and care. You need a home and a family.
Parents sacrifice a lot and endure great hardships in up-bringing their children. They are selfless in their love and can even lay their lives for the protection of their children. A spouse is a lifetime partner in your days of sunshine and rain. Brothers and sisters are your friends and supporters. Your children are your lifetime fans who love you unconditionally. The love, care, and support of family is great happiness. Blessed is the person who has got a family. And who amongst us has not got one? But we take the family for granted. We don’t recognize it as a great source of happiness. The more happiness you give to your family the more you extract out of it.
You are born into a family and grow up within a family. A family not only provides comfort, enjoyment, and security, but it also gives emotional and spiritual bliss. In fact, one may find so much happiness within a family that he or she may not need to search it outside it. The love and care of mother and father, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, wife or husband sustain us. Though love is one and the same yet the love of each is so different too. A family may extend beyond these immediate relations and may include grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and other relatives.
Can all the money of the world buy the love and affection of one’s parents? Can one be happy without them? How much enjoyment and happiness they add to our life? Similar is the case with brothers and sisters. At a later stage of life, husband or wife becomes practically the sole arbiter of our happiness. Man or woman’s happiness nearly entirely depends on his or her spouse. At a still, later stage sons and daughters become a great source of happiness. Bertrand Russell said, ‘I have found the happiness of parenthood greater than any other that I have experienced.’ Family relations give happiness, but at the same time to be a relation also gives happiness. It is happiness unlimited to be a son, a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, a husband, and a wife.
When you kiss your child, don’t you get a kiss in return?
When you hug your sister, don’t you get a hug in return?
When you love your spouse, don’t you get love in return?
Be Happy! You have your family which loves you!
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