Happiness

Happiness

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Rabia Tariq

In addition to Novroz 20 March was also the world ‘happy day’. In ancient times Gilgit was known as ‘Sargin Gileet’ which means the happy land of Gilgit in Shina language. Every year United Nations conducts a survey and announces the happiest countries worldwide. This year Norway was announced the happiest place in the world.

Life today is not as simple as it was in the past. Even though life today is more comfortable compared to past but our desires, expectations and goals have increased. This has made us less happy and less satisfied. Financial problems, problems in education or job, sickness, not being able to do or have what you want, corruption are some of the more common reasons of unhappiness in the society. It is necessary to have a positive attitude while tackling problems so that they do not destroy the peace of mind.

One thing to remember in life is money does not buy happiness. Money is an important thing in life and all necessities of life are bought with money but more money does not necessarily mean more happiness. A famous quote: ‘the best things in life are not things’. Here are some other simple ways to happiness.

Drinking tea

It might sound surprising that tea makes a person happy. Plenty of scientific studies have proved it.  It reduces stress and increases the happy hormone ‘dopamine’ in mind. Tea is relaxing and a cup of tea before study increases the ability to concentrate and focus.

Spending time with elders

Social media has distanced our generation from the older generations. Our parents may be busy in their lives but grandparents usually do not have much to do. They have the experience of life and fascinating life stories to tell. It is time to log out of social media and spend the day listening to the stories of grandparents.

Spending time outside

The Sun is a big source of vitamin D which is good for bones. In addition to improving the overall health, physical activities of all kind like running, exercise and playing also produce happy hormones in the brain. A healthy balance between study/work and play is important for a happy life.

Helping others

Helping others is a way to happiness and spiritual fulfillment. Something that is little for us may mean a lot to others. A little act of kindness, mercy, tolerance goes a long way. Human beings are inspired by each other intentionally and unintentionally. We affect our society and are affected by it. Helping and giving others even if it is just a kind word is a contribution to overall positivity in the society.

The most important thing in life is to be self satisfied and happy. Be satisfied with what you have instead of wishing for what you do not have. Let go of the past and do not worry about the future. Past cannot be changed, focus on the present so you may not regret the present in your future.

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