The most fundamental question that needs to be answered before discussing the relation between money and happiness is what one means by happiness. Being a complex concept, more so because it involves human feelings that cannot be quantified, happiness is a word that can be understood in many ways, and which resonates with different people in different ways. There is the day-to-day momentary happiness that one gets out of little pleasures, and then there is the general satisfaction - the feeling of emotional well being and contentment with life - which can also be classified as happiness. The former form of happiness may be the one that has more intensity but is short lived, while the latter has more longevity, although a person experiencing this kind of happiness or contentment might not be able to pin point a single moment when he is happy.
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The past one year just flew in a jiffy. However, contemplating on the things that one has learnt this whole year, it is difficult to believe that a person can make so many revelations in such a short span. One makes little discoveries in life quite often, but putting them down on paper makes you realise how overwhelming these can be, especially if you have learnt these things the hard way. Here are some lessons I learnt this year — nothing extraordinary — but I believe these will go a long way in making life a little better for me, and hopefully, for all those reading this post.