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Happiness, Health, Humor and Travel

One of the important factors of happiness is health. All pleasures of life are meaningless unless one is healthy. Imam Ali says that there is no goodness in life save with health. He also believes that through health, life pleasures are understandable. According to him, health is the highest bounty, and no other pleasures are more delightful (Pasandideh, 2007, p. 177-178).


The other factor of happiness is humor. The prophet of Islam considers humor as one of the characteristics of the believers, and he himself was on familiar terms with humor and made himself and others happy. According to Imam Ali, man makes his soul restful in the light of humor (Pasandideh, 2007, p. 182-184).


According to Imam Ali, travel can relieve people from grief. (Akbari, 2006, p. 184-185). In addition to this, the Qur'an mentions the following benefits of travel: "Have they not journeyed in the land? Have they not beheld how was the end of those before them?" (Yusof, 12:109). "Have they not traveled in the land so that they should have hearts with which to understand, or ears with which to hear?" (Hajj, 22:46). "Indeed there have been examples before you; therefore travel in the earth and see what was the end of the rejecters." (Aal Imran, 3:137). "Say: journey in the land, then behold how was the end of the sinners" (Naml, 27:69). "Journey in the land, then behold how was the end of those that were before" (Rum, 30:42).

Adapted from the book: "Foundations of Happiness"

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