Education & Career: April 3, 2022
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS
- Excerpts from article by Zarafshan Shiraz, published on hindustantimes.com
Happiness is not a destination, it is a journey. If you, too, are seeking the same, here are some secret tips by experts that can work as a compass to reset your perspective, lift up your mood, and raise your happiness quotient.
“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves,” French poet and novelist Victor Hugo once said.
As the quote goes, there is only one happiness in this life ― to love and be loved.
However, for some, happiness may be about reaching the pinnacle of success in their career, while others may seek it in sustaining healthy relationships.
Happiness is a relative term and while its causes may be innumerable, there is only one real obstacle to it – and that is our expectations.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Vikas Khanna, mental wellness expert, shared, “When we talk about happiness quotient, it is a concept to measure one’s relative happiness or a sense of wellbeing – how does one feel, relatively placed in life.”
Another expert, Dr Anjeli Misra (MD), shared some tips to raise our happiness quotient. These are:
1. Focus on Holistic Wellness
- Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
- Wellness is multi-dimensional – a concept that encompasses all the aspects of physical, mental, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual wholesomeness & well being.
2. Practise Energy Management
- All daily activities require you to expend your energy.
- However, you also need to recoup this energy to keep going.
- Managing your energy wisely by following an energy management plan can work wonders in your life.
3. Nourish Your Body, Mind & Soul
- Healthy, nutritive diet – Have a balanced diet replete with energising carbohydrates and fats (in small amounts), proteins, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Go for fresh foods and avoid processed and frozen foods.
- Exercise daily – Have a routine of at least 45 minutes a day. Drink 8-12 glasses of water to flush out toxins from the body. A brisk walk accompanied by light weight training and combined with a balanced diet is ideal to maintain optimum body weight.
- Quit unhealthy habits – Like smoking, alcohol consumption, drinking colas and fizzy drinks laden with sugar and other addictive substances. Keep tea and coffee consumption, too, within limits.
- Get adequate rest – Rejuvenate through restful sleep of around 8 hours a day.
- Stay committed to professional growth – Welcome excellence, dedication and a positive attitude. Work hard, learn time management, practise good work ethics, and give and receive respect at workplace.
- Care for your emotional health – Maintain a positive outlook. Keep good company with those who radiate positive energy and with whom you enjoy being with. Nurture healthy and harmonious relationships with family and friends and make responsible life choices.
- Set healthy boundaries – Spend quality time with friends but also work to raise your self esteem by marking healthy boundaries. Give and receive respect, and practise forgiveness.
- Give back to society – Through acts of charity and community service, which need not be just about financial contributions but active participation. Give your time and effort to causes that matter to you.
- Practice stress management – Techniques like mindful meditation, yoga and other relaxation techniques to maintain mental-emotional-spiritual balance help in facing challenging life-situations.
- Boost your intelligence quotient – Engage in intellectually stimulating conversations and interaction, challenging mental activities like learning a language or skill, or playing games like scrabble, solving crosswords or quizzes. Avoid watching television or indulging in social media for long hours; instead, read a book for 20-30 minutes a day for self-education and expansion of knowledge.
- Pay attention to your spiritual growth – Introspection, self awareness, coping well with life’s challenges with faith and hope, going with the flow, staying committed to good values, principles and beliefs, and mindful, meditation and yoga will do wonders.
- Improve your social well being – Develop good communication skills and healthy social interaction with peers. Harness empathy and kindness towards those less fortunate than you and have good civic sense. Be socially aware and tolerant.
- Develop environmental awareness – Recycling, mindfulness towards water, forest and natural resources consumption and conservation, and promoting an organic lifestyle will not only reduce your carbon footprint but also contribute to your wellness.
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(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)