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by Nira Kumari about a month ago in happiness

"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." —Franklin D. Roosevelt 

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Fussing over the books on lifestyles and ethical values today, I stumbled upon a book on 'The Psychology of Money' by Morgan Housel, and turning over the pages of the book, I came across Chapter 7 entitled FREEDOM. I started reading it, and it really increased my curiosity to know what is happiness, and what is the denominator of happiness? Whatever I could understand, I would like to share with you here in this article. 

First, let me put a light on a few primary things. What is denominator? What do you mean by the denominator of happiness? As you know, in Mathematical term, a denominator is the number below the line in a fraction showing how many parts the whole is divided into, for example the 4 in 3/4. But, in literature,  denominator means a common factor or a shared view. Before knowing the denominator of happiness, we must get it clear here what is happiness? It's very simple. Happiness is the attainment of contentment where saturity takes place. And now the question arises what is the saturation point? Where is it found? In fact, it is a state of mind in which we feel peaceful, full of joy, calm and relaxed. That is the saturation point. Apart from it, we may count on happiness as the lack of ego or negative brain messages. We need to release all the negative energy of emotions, communication, behaviours, and actions, and then what is left is happiness.Psychologists say that one of the fundamental barriers to happiness is social comparison. It’s hard to be happy if we constantly compare ourselves with others. If we think about what others are doing, it means we are driving down our happiness. So, we must forget comparison with others. 

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." —Mahatma Gandhi 

Happiness  = What We Have/ What We Want 

Happiness is really a complicated subject because it differs from man to man. Everyone is different, and so the thought of happiness is also different. But, if there is any common denominator of happiness, that is the universal fuel of joy, it's that people want to control their lives; and if they can control the things happening in their lives, they are happy. The ability to do what you want, when you want, with who you want, for as long as you want, is priceless, and it's the common denominator of happiness. 

"They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for." - Tom Bodett 

Angus Campbell was a psychologist at the University of Michigan. He was born in 1910. During the time of his research, Psychology was completely focused on disorders like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc., which made people feel down. Now, Campbell wanted to know what made people happy. In his 1981 book, 'The Sense of Wellbeing in America', he points out that happiness doesn't lie in income, educational qualifications, geographical comforts or so on, it really lies in the ability to do what you want and when you want. If people achieve their goals, they are happy; if they fail, they become unhappy. 

According to Campbell, " Having a strong sense of controlling one's life is a more dependable predictor of positive feelings of wellbeing than any of the objective conditions of life we have considered ".

Thus, having a control over our doings makes us happy even much more than having a handsome salary,  a prestigious job, a huge mound of wealth or a big house. We should do what we want and when we want; we should live with whom we want to. It will make us happy. To be happy, we are required to do some savings also because although money is not a very important factor for happiness, it is at least a requirement for purchasing the necessary things we want. In lack of money, we can't get our requirements and we may become unhappy. So, we should do some savings also so that we can satisfy our needs and live a life of our choice. Thus, we may conclude that living by your choice makes you happy. 

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" Happy is the man who makes his living by his hobby. " - George Bernard Shaw

Live your life by your hobby and you will be happy. If you live your dream life, you are happy. To be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present. Forget the past and move ahead in life .Live in present and don't worry about future. it is the secret of happiness and a happy life.

Let's live our choicest life and be happy!


Nira Kumari

Hello wonderful Readers, I'm a school teacher passionate for writing. This year I turned 55, and have started my long life dream of becoming a Writer.

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