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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Science of Happiness? (Mian Iftikhar Ul Hassan)

Life is a series of sorrows punctuated with happiness.
What is happiness? It seems like an odd question, but is it? Do you know how to define happiness? Do you think happiness is the same thing to you as it is to others? What’s the point of it all? Does it even make a difference in our lives? In fact, happiness does have a pretty important role in our lives, and it can have a huge impact on the way we live our lives. Although researchers have yet to pin down the definition or an agreed-upon framework for happiness, there’s a lot we have learned in the last few decades. For a while consider the whole world one society, no boundary wall, no separate laws and no nationality. There is only one society and every one is the national of that society. Ask all the people one question who is happy? I think it will become a big question. I have observed that people who have abundance of money and property, they are also not happy. They are also trying to be happy to somehow. On the other hand people who are living hand to mouth, they are also in search of happiness. Some have dreams, some have expectations, some have desires and everyone is trying to get it. It is commonly said that Happiness often comes from within. Means learn how to tame negative thoughts and approach every day with optimism. To somehow it is correct. If we really want to learn the science of happiness, it is compulsory to avoid negative thinking but I always think that living in a society where negativity is spread all around how someone can avoid negative thinking? I would like to make it clear that here negative thinking means passive or pessimistic thinking. Human beings are great not because of their pessimistic thinking but optimistic approach. Philosophers and critics have admitted it that someone’s thought or approach is important for happiness. Let’s think something else for happiness. It’s a boring thing. Now we should think that how to challenge negative thoughts. Someone always thinks that I am a big failure. On the other hand someone think that I am a complete success. These are two different thoughts, opposite to each other. But these thoughts play pivotal role in anyone’s life. Here the important point is think or ask a question to yourself that what are the evidences of your thought. Certainly, everyone has evidences, logics and reasons in his mind. The next step is to check the validity of these evidences. And at the end we can only say that whatever the reasons behind passive thought try to change them otherwise life will become more difficult and full of unhappiness. Let’s discuss another point. Writing about oneself and personal experiences — and then rewriting your story — can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness. Some research suggests that writing in a personal journal for 15 minutes a day can lead to a boost in overall happiness and well-being, in part because it allows us to express our emotions, be mindful of our circumstances and resolve inner conflicts. Or you can take the next step and focus on one particular challenge you face, and write and rewrite that story.
At the end I can only suggest that always try to be positive in life. This is the best science of happiness. We can take positive in the sense of optimist too. It is well said that Optimism is part genetic, part learned. Even if you were born into a family of gloomy Guess, you can still find your inner ray of sunshine. Optimism doesn’t mean ignoring the reality of a dire situation. After a job loss, for instance, many people may feel defeated and think, “I’ll never recover from this.” An optimist would acknowledge the challenge in a more hopeful way, saying, “This is going to be difficult, but it’s a chance to rethink my life goals and find work that truly makes me happy.”

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