SECRETS OF HAPPINESS
Before moving even one step further in this write up lets all have an “interrogation” or a 1 on 1 question answer round with ourselves.
How many of us can truly say that we are happy? Yeah well except the sudden glimpses of happiness( which seems more like a peeking child playing hide and seek) our world rotates around the same monotonous life. Here are some of the secrets of happiness!
HAPPINESS — THE MEANING
Yeah it may sound a bit stupid. Why would i discuss the dictionary meaning of a word as simple as this! We have all learnt the meaning of happiness since our childhood days. Isn’t it? When a child plays with his peers, he laughs out of pure joy! Devoid of any worries of the world. He becomes happy when he receives a gift on his birthday. A young daughter dances with joy when her father gets her a doll to play. An infant chuckles in his mother’s arm even when his senses are as underdeveloped as his brain in this stage. But gradually while growing up, it seems the meaning of happiness changes. We move away from it every time we try to grab it forcefully.
KILLERS OF HAPPINESS
Stress, Anxiety, Fear of failures are some of the many factors which block the path of happiness. We are stressed. We are afraid. We fear the uncertain future which drags us to more uncertainty in return. It is said we actually fear the fear itself. We are afraid of uncertainty. The unseen. We fear something till the time it is not done. Once it is finished we do not possess fear.
A student is afraid before the exam. Once he receives the question paper all the anxiety and tension subsides. The next emotion is of either joy or sorrow depending upon his or her performance in the exam.
HOW TO BE HAPPY
Happiness is a state of mind. It can never ever be achieved if some one chases it as a goal or milestone. One more thing is that Happiness is not something which we can grab tightly in between our fingers. It is actually a never ending journey which has treasures and gifts at every step we make. Sometimes the gifts are revealed in open. Sometimes we have to search a bit. But the gift remains there for us always.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND PARTS OF LIFE
We must understand that power points, promotions, competitive environment, success in careers all these are actually the parts of life and not life itself. To work wholeheartedly is a virtue. Executing a task gives us a sense of content but we should not sacrifice our family and personal life for it.
SOUND BODY FOR A SOUND MIND!
As stated, Happiness is a state of mind! To keep the mind happy and healthy, we must keep the body fit for our mind. WHO definition of health states that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being.
Regular meditation and exercises in the morning gives us the energy boost to tackle the problems we have to face day long. Meditation increases our capacity to focus and improves our concentration. Along with that walking daily in the mornings boost our life force. Studies show walking regularly improves our heart function and prevents many diseases like hypertension, diabetes etc.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
A healthy food is a must for keeping up a good health. Both for mind and body. Fresh fruits and vegetables, seasonal veggies all these seem to transmit their freshness to us. We should avoid all sorts of junk food or the ones containing excess of oil. Anything disrupting our digestive tract must be avoided.
IN A NUTSHELL!
Happiness is not just a single milestone. It is a multi step process. To attain it, we must work naturally without any fear, any anxiety or any feeling of return.
As said by Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Gita
“Karmanye vadhikarasteya maa faleshu kadachanah…”
That…actually is the secret or key to happiness.