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Voice of Oman: Her Highness Sayyida Mayya al Said on why happiness can’t be measured with money

Life is not meant to be easy; it’s meant to be Iived.

Sometimes I wish I could explain that to people, especially to the ones who never seem to be happy or the ones who are always complaining about how unfair life is. Let’s not forget the ungrateful ones, either.

In all honesty, it is never about what kind of life we live. In my opinion, it’s all about the mindset. 

I believe some people have everything they need and are nowhere near being happy despite having everything. On the other hand, there are some who have next to nothing and are the happiest people you will ever meet.  So clearly money doesn’t buy happiness even to those who know where to shop.  Simply put, contrary to what others may think, happiness is neither something you can buy nor is it something that someone gives you.

Happiness is created by you, and only you have the power to create it.  Yes, we all know that money is essential to live but let us not become so focused on chasing it that we forget to make time to be with our family, friends, practise our religion and simply enjoy all the blessings life has to offer.  The moral of my words today is to remind you that some people are so poor, all they have is money.