Discussion Board: The Pursuit Of Happiness

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    • Publish Date: Feb 9 2018 1:32PM
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    • Updated Date: Feb 9 2018 1:32PM
Discussion Board: The Pursuit Of Happiness

Happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Here are all the tools to lift up your spirits

Behavioural scientists have spent a lot of time studying what makes us happy (and what
doesn’t). We know happiness can predict health and longevity, and happiness scales can be used to measure social progress and the success of public policies.
  But happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the power to make small changes in their behaviour, surroundings and relationships that can help set us on course for a happier life.

Control your mind

Happiness often comes from within. Learn how to tame negative thoughts and approach every day with optimism by conquering those negative feelings.

All humans have a tendency to ruminate more on bad experiences than positive ones. But that means you have to work a little harder to train your brain to conquer negative thoughts. Negative thinking happens to all of us, but if we recognise it and challenge that thinking, we are taking a big step toward a happier life.

Try these methods:

Don’t try to stop the negative thoughts by telling yourself “I have to stop thinking about this.” It only makes you think negative more. Instead, own your worries. When you are in a negative cycle, acknowledge it. “I’m worrying about money.”

Treat yourself like a friend:

When you are feeling negative about yourself, ask yourself what advice would you have given an unhappy or lonely friend.  “How might I view this situation if it happened to someone else?”

Rewrite your story

Writing about oneself and personal experiences — and then rewriting your story — can lead to behavioural changes and improve happiness. Research suggests that writing in a personal journal for 15 minutes a day can lead to a boost in overall happiness and well-being.

Practise optimism

Optimism is part genetic, part learnt. Even if you were born into a somewhat gloomy family, you can still find your inner ray of sunshine. Optimism doesn’t mean ignoring the reality of a dire situation. It’s about thinking positive thoughts and surrounding yourself with positive people. Optimism, like pessimism, can be infectious. So make a point to hang out with optimistic people.

The 1-minute rule

A useful piece of happiness advice comes from Gretchen Rubin, the author of Happiness at Home. She proffers a one-minute rule that is incredibly useful —  do any task that can be finished in one minute

This simple sage advice helps you decide what to tackle in a messy room. Do the one-minute tasks first:  Fill in a form, answer an email, jot down a citation, declutter or clean your space, pick up phone messages.

If you do nothing else, incorporate the one-minute rule into your life. It will give you a short boost of happiness after you accomplish so much in a short time — and as a bonus, you will end up with a cleaner room, which will also make you happy.

Delhi Govt on Thursday announced that govt schoolkids will follow ‘Happiness Curriculum’, which would be activity-based, from Nursery to Class 8 from the coming academic session.

Manish Sisodia, Dy CM

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Ishita Singh MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL(DWARKA)

In a world full of stress and anxiety it is really necessary to be happy. We should know that happiness never depends on external factors but it is something that comes from within. There''s a reason for yoga and meditation spreading like fire across the world, and that is that it not only focuses on physical health but also mental and spiritual health. One of the most common problem faced by people is lack of time it is necessary to take out time for one''s own happiness.

Pandu Sree Narayana Vidya Bhavan

Happy ness not give but share it

Roma Ramcoumar Bethel Mat Hr Sec School

If you are happy people along with you will also be happy . Being optimistic in whatever you do brings happiness . I feel that being happy all the time makes your problems fade away .

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