Acceptance plays a huge role in our lives. This is not an overstatement by any means. In my opinion, it is the single most important factor that affects our psychic hygiene. I will try to list down my clarifying thoughts in this blog post.
We want to live happily. All through our lives, we discover, observe and adapt to situations that aid in sustaining happiness. We try to escape to happiness during gloomy and morose moments. There is no denying these facts. Westernized philosophy of life propagates “Pursuit of Happiness” as the primal aim of life. Happiness, in totality arises out of personal/family/group/communal contentment.
Contentment arises due to these factors to 1.) Statutory Achievements, 2.) Healthy Physical/Mental Hygiene 3.) Pleasing Surroundings 4.) Meeting the Needs of the Five Senses 5.) Vicarious Enjoyment 6.) Fulfilment of Material Desires. One could go on an create a big list of factors that lead to contentment. But most factors are variations and instances of the six mentioned factors. We, as humans are “Social Animals”. Social because as we belong to a community or a society or in simple terms – a group and we are quite dependant on each other – “We basically do things for others so that they can give something back to us”. Animals because we are all embodiments of the alternative definition of an Animal(adjective) – Marked by the appetites and passions of the body. There are few folks who are exceptions to this Social Animals observation. A discussion on their characteristics is a separate topic altogether.
An analysis of the six mentioned factors that lead to Contentment is portrayed through the diagram below
Acceptance operates at the ground level. Changes to its intensity propagates to the higher levels of contentment and happiness. Lowering our acceptance threshold lowers our expectations from ourselves and others. This can mean simpler living and less tribulations but this can also mean no real inspiration for continuous progress so one has to be careful in dealing with it.
therefore can we say Acceptance->Contentment->Happiness ?
Please do write down your personal thoughts on this topic….