Peace of mind, contentment, happiness and freedom from worries and anxiety. These things are what everyone wants, and these are the ways in which people can have a good life and find complete happiness and joy. There are religious means of achieving that, and natural and practical means, but no one can combine all of them except the believers; although other people may achieve some of them, they will miss out on others.
Here follows a summary of the means of achieving this aim for which everyone is striving. In some cases, those who achieve many of them will live a joyful life and a good life; in other cases, those who fail to achieve all of them will live a life of misery and hardship. And there are others which are in between, according to what the means he is able to attain. These means include the following:
1 Faith and righteous deeds.
2 Being kind to people in word and deed, and all kinds of doing good.
3 Another of the means of warding off anxiety that stems from nervous tension and being preoccupied with disturbing thoughts is to occupy oneself with good deeds or seeking beneficial knowledge, for that will distract one from dwelling on the matters that are causing anxiety.
4 Another thing that may ward off worry and anxiety is focusing all one?s thoughts of the present day, and not worrying about the future or grieving about the past.
So a person must strive to attain that which will benefit him in worldly and spiritual terms, and ask his Lord to make his efforts successful, and he should seek His help in that, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ?Strive for that which will benefit you and seek the help of Allaah, and do not be helpless. If anything (bad) happens to you, do not say, ?If only I had done such-and-such, then such-and-such would have happened.? Rather you should say, ?Qaddara Allaah wa ma sha?a fa?ala (Allah decrees, and what He wills He does),? for (the words) ?If only? open the door to the Shaytaan.? (Narrated by Muslim).