‘Because I Am Happy’

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New York: March 20 has been established as the annual International Day of Happiness and all 193 United Nations member states have adopted a resolution calling for happiness to be given greater priority.

This campaign is a global celebration to mark the United Nations International Day of Happiness. It is coordinated by Action for Happiness, a non-profit movement of people from 160 countries, supported by a partnership of like-minded organisations.

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The Action for Happiness pledge for 2017 is ‘I will try to create more happiness in the world around me’, with the goal of creating a happier world together.

Some simple ways to stay happy:

Physical Exercise: Exercising releases the good mood endorphins so that you are always in a better mood after a workout or simply a walk to the supermarket. The University of Toronto did a great job on this and analyzed no less than 25 research studies. The conclusion was that physical activity can and does help to keep depression at bay.

Think Positive: Positive thinking raises energy levels, creativity and productivity by as much as 30%. Factors such as your happiness such as stressors, hassles, successes, economic circumstances, relationships infringe your happiness. Eventually, it will lead to success and hence starts the vicious circle.

Treasure Your  Experiences: Thomas Gilovich, a psychologist at Cornell University has done quite a lot of research as to why it is better to treasure memorable and pleasant experiences rather than the material things we buy. Comparing possessions and looking at better objects after purchase can be demoralizing and ruin the initial pleasure we got when purchasing. They belong to us, they are special and they provide longer lasting happiness. We should always aim to visit a new place or just go trekking.

Express Gratitude: Feeling and thinking about the things you are grateful for as you wake up is a great way to build more happiness. When you wake up, remind yourself mentally of three things that you can be grateful for. Some people prefer to write down and keep the list to remind themselves every now and again.

Practice Mindfulness: It just means that you concentrate and pay full attention to the present moment and accept it in a non-judgmental way. Focus on the present moment means that you can savor touch, smell and other physical sensations but also happy feelings. Concentrate on the joy they are giving you.

Have A Sound Slumber: When you do not get enough sleep, your negativity takes over big time. he researchers homed in on the hippocampus which is the part of the brain which processes our positive thoughts. When we are sleep deprived, this function starts to creak and negative thoughts muscle in much more than before.

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