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Insightful Catalyst For Happiness

Updated: January 22, 2011 2:11 pm

Happiness is an emotion—a strong feeling that makes one enjoy and feel good. It is a feeling that makes one’s heart dance and eyes twinkle. In this backdrop, the book provides profound insights into how to attain happiness. In the contemporary fast-paced life, many people are unhappy because they have problems. So, the whole world is searching for happiness. Who doesn’t want to be happy? Everyone wants to be happy. It’s only that we don’t know how to remain in that state of happiness always. You may have everything and still be unhappy or you may have nothing but still be very happy because happiness does not depend on what you have. Happiness is how you feel. The book, which contains eight chapters, is a simple book that will help you discover joy in simple steps. It will teach you to find out what makes you happy. It will then show you how to move in that direction and eliminate joy-stealers, so that you can be happy for the rest of your life.

                Unfortunately, though most people in this world actually want to be happy, they are too caught up in what they are doing that they forget happiness. Life escapes them and at the fag end of the life, they look back and realise that they were never happy. The writer in one chapter states: “I have problems and I am sure you do too. In fact, every living being has problems. The word ‘problem’ is born from the word ‘probolo,’ which indicates something that is thrown before us. Thus a problem thrown in front of us is like a challenge. The way we handle it will decide how our life will be. If we manage problems happily, we will not lose our joy while dealing with them. However, if we allow problems to trouble us or agitate and make us react negatively, we have lost our joy and bliss for the moment.”

                So if you want to be happy, the first step is to be passionate about wanting happiness and to place it above everything else. Sometimes a problem cannot be solved. It just has to be managed. Either way, we must learn to pull this trigger and manage problems happily. This means that we must not let the problems manage us; rather we must take charge of the problems. In another chapter, the writer says: “The way I manage problems is that, I accept them with a game playing attitude. I think of it as fun and solve the problem, and remind myself that every problem has to pass. No problem will ever kill me! And finally if it does, well then, so what, either way, life is temporary. So why worry so much about it. I find that with a positive attitude, I am able to deal with problems in a much better way than I would when worrying or being tensed about them.” For, when you worry about a problem, it robs you of the ability to think clearly. It also robs one’s smile, which is the most important treasure one would hate to lose. So now when a problem comes to you, you first smile. And according to the writer, “I welcome the problem as if I was anticipating it and talk to my problem.” In this humorous way, one can find that half one’s problems are solved and the other half gets managed without one losing one’s happiness. Pull this trigger today, not tomorrow.

By Ashok Kumar

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