Happiness is a choice

Abu Sufian

American naturalist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau once said: “Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will evade you.
But if you notice the other things around you, it will come and softly sit on your shoulder.”
Happiness is a choice that comes from within, According to a theory in Psychology, when something positive happens to a person, he becomes happy.
On the other hand, when something negative happens to him, he becomes miserable.
Bhutan, a very small South Asian country caught the attention of international leaders in the 1970s when it adopted the goal of Gross National Happiness at the place of Gross National Product.
It became popular globally because of the theme.
Influenced by this the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Jun 28, 2012,
that the International Day of Happiness will be observed every year on 20 March to make people aware of the importance of happiness within their lives. It was celebrated for the first time in 2013.
According to the official website of the United Nations, the international community identified three factors that are obstacles to happiness: poverty, inequality, and global warming/pollution (decaying Earth).
The United Nations launched Sustainable Development Goal 17 in 2015 to help reduce poverty and inequality and protect the planet.
The global community aims to achieve these goals by 2030 as they believe collective happiness will emerge if these issues are addressed internationally.
We all want to be happy, but so many of us focus on the wrong methods to attempt to boost our happiness.
And when we focus on the wrong methods, we tend to feel frustrated, resentful, and even angry by our efforts!
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what happiness means to you? By taking the time to identify what makes you happy,
it will become easier to make decisions that align with your goals, values, and preferences. Without knowing what makes you happy,
you’re more likely to choose a path that takes you in the wrong direction – leaving you with regrets later in life.

 

Some people believe that buying a new car, wearing the latest fashions, or being successful, famous, and rich will make them happy.

Generally speaking, these things bring short-term happiness. Your car will age; the latest fashions will become dated; and there will always be someone who is richer or more famous than you.
By contrast, sustainable happiness can be achieved through connecting with others, being passionate about a hobby, or contributing to a cause greater than yourself.
Happiness is an inner state of well-being and fulfillment, and therefore it has to come from inside. Every individual has his or her own emotions and way of thinking and as a result of this no one can really say what happiness is and what happiness is not.
However, universally, happiness is a by-product of a healthy attitude and viewpoint. Happiness exists in everyone whether they choose to acknowledge and believe it or not. It is not rare nor is it something only the elite have:
everyone has it but not everyone recognizes it. Contentment is finding a light at the end of every dark tunnel and in order to experience this we must ignore the pessimism surrounding us and remind ourselves that happiness is not a materialistic object but a choice and frame of mind.
Scientific evidence suggests that being happy has major health benefits. It promotes a healthy lifestyle; helps combat stress,
boosts the immune system, protects the heart, reduces pain and increases life expectancy.Now, even if everyone around us tries to make us happy, we can be miserable unless we choose consciously to be happy every single day.
International Day of Happiness aims to celebrate happiness all over the world inspiring people to spread positivity, and encouraging nations to prioritise the happiness of their citizens.
It also reminds us that the world is a better place when we care about the people around us. Happiness adds great value to your life.
True Happiness comes by making others happy. Give and share your love every day. Happiness nurtured worldwide will make, our world a better and happier place.
Immerse yourself in positivity, banish toxic negativity and bask in the fountain of happiness.
Happy people prefer to focus on the positive aspects of life instead of negativity. They make up their minds to be grateful for a specific reason.
Express it whenever possible. And they quickly find out that they are always, always, grateful for something.

 

In 2015, the award-winning New York Times journalist John Leland set out to meet some of the city’s oldest inhabitants for a series on America’s fastest-growing age group:

those over 85. Leland was at a crossroads in his own life. His marriage had fallen apart, and, at 55, he was alone for the first time. He was also caring for his elderly mother, whose main desire was to die.
He understood aging, like many of us do, as nothing more than the relentless deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life.
He wondered: Is there a threshold at which life is no longer worth living?
But the six elders Leland interviewed took him in a different direction. Beyond illuminating what it’s like to be old, physically and materially, they provided a life-changing education in resilience and joy.
They had lived long enough to master the art of living, and they shared their wisdom generously. Leland did not anticipate all that he would learn, nor did he anticipate the popularity of the series:
Its following grew to nearly half a million online views for the finale, plus print readers.
Be proactive in your relationships. Healthy relationships are keys to delaying mental and physical degradation. Share and celebrate the good things of your lives with friends and family.
It will open doors to mutual good relationships and happiness.Enjoy some free time. Get involved in activities that make you happy. Spend time in nature.
Being in nature, regular exercise or dancing reduces anxiety, stress,  depression and boosts self-esteem and happiness.
Adequate sleep of 7-8 hours, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are essential for brain function, and overall well-being.
Studies show that happiness isn’t an outcome of possessing material things or money. We sacrifice time,
money and energy running after these worldly possessions and in the process neglect ourselves and our beloved ones.
The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.’
Douglas CleggSometimes we face setbacks or uncertainties like losing someone we love, losing a job or being affected by illness.
It’s part of life. No one is happy all the time. Experience the unhappy moments, and then shift your focus towards something pleasant.

 

Freud once said, “Unexpressed emotions never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.

“Don’t pretend it doesn’t exist, acknowledge your feelings. Develop the resilience to cope in a positive way.
Gossip and negative talk block happiness. Avoid these. Let go of emotions like resentment and envy. These hurt you more than they hurt people who have wronged you.
Sometimes, offering forgiveness paves the way to inner peace.These simple yet powerful strategies can help you build inner strength and boost happiness.
According to psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, roughly 50 per cent of our natural happiness level is genetically determined (our so-called happiness set point).
I believe my own happiness set point started out lower down the scale, but, with work, I’ve managed to boost it because – over time and consistently – I’ve made the choice to be happy, even when my life circumstances and situation were telling me otherwise.
A smile is a wonderful beautifier. But more than that, studies suggest that creating a face full of emotion affects the emotions processed by the brain.
Our expression can affect our brain in the same way that our brain affects our face.
Each of us has natural talents, strengths, and abilities. And when we use it effectively, we feel alive and comfortable in our skin.
They help us enjoy our existence and our design. So, embrace your strengths and choose to manage your ingenuity every day.
If you need to find this job outside of your employment, anyway, find this outlet.
Because happy people prefer happiness, they have control over their lives. They do not make decisions based on the need for pleasure. Instead,
they act with pre-chosen satisfaction. They realize that their time is demanding, there is a helpful business to fulfill and there are important contributions to make the world around them.
Choose an important task that you can complete each day. And enjoy your contributions.
The study confirms the importance of meditation and its life-giving benefits. So, make time for time. And use meditation to explore inwardly,
to connect spiritually, and to improve your happiness today.This life can be difficult. There is no escape without pain. At some point – somehow – we all face it.


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