5 Hacks for a Happy Life

When was the last time you observed the beauty of the tree next to your house? Or plants in your lawn with those lovely colours and incredible flowers? Or how long has it been when you watched the sunrise or sunset with a cup of tea without any stress or tension about what you need to do next?

In our everyday life, we are blessed with nature’s miracle and great opportunities to stay happy, yet most of us tend to ignore them in a mad rush of ever changing professional achievements, assignments, pending bills, hours of wait in daily’s traffic and what not. There is an old saying in Sanskrit, which could be translated into “life is happy and joyful when you take it slowly and have time to do nothing”.

With thousands of years of struggle and tendency of fighting for survival, the human brain enjoys the adrenaline rush, which has become a new normal for our brain instead of being relaxed, calm and content. However, most of the scientific and ancient text concludes that our brain is most efficient and productive, when it stays in its natural state, which is being calm, clear and tranquil.

Here are some simple hacks to stay happy and enjoy the beauty of the world around us.

1) Social connection

Humans are designed to live in society and having people around them. Our lifestyle has a huge impact on physical and mental development. Social cohesion has a positive impact on our longevity and happiness. The Ted Talk by Susan Pinker, a developmental psychologist reveals how in-person social interactions are not only necessary for human happiness but also could be a key to health and longevity. Hence, our happiness greatly depends on quality and quantity of time spent with others.

2) Being generous

Generosity is one of the basic human characters and by default, we all feel happy while doing a simple act of kindness and generosity. An experimental study by researchers at the University of Zurich explored the connection between generosity and happiness, providing behavioural and neural evidence that supports the link between generosity and happiness. So, believe it or not, you feel happy when making the decision to give.

3) Practicing gratitude

Saying thank you is one of the simplest ways to make someone happy. The small doses of gratitude have huge impact on chemical reaction in our brains and they make us happier and more joyful. We have a lot to be grateful for in our lives, starting from having a good meal, being healthy, waking up smiling for another day, being surrounded by good friends, family and a lot more. So, if you want to be happy, start expressing your gratitude to them.  Want to know more about science behind it? Check this Harvard medical school publication on a research done by two psychologists.

4) Power of mindfulness

Sitting idly, trying to relax, doing nothing and focusing on one thought at a time. This is the key to happiness. Huge amount of ancient text from Eastern world says that happiness depends on ourselves, and a practice of mindfulness is one way to ensure it.  Several scientific studies have shown that meditation increases grey matter of the brain. In simple terms, meditation helps grow the happy mind. It is the best stress buster available for free. Moreover, researchers have found out that with regular mediation, brain tends to have noticeably thicker tissue in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for attention and control functions of the brain.

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5) Spend time with nature and stay physically active

Nature has a power to rejuvenate us quickly with full of positive energy. Results showed that those who have done 30 minutes of light exercise including jogging in forests had significantly lower heart rates, they were more relaxed and had less cortisol level leading to less stress and anxiety and better moods than others. The researchers concluded that there’s something about being in the nature that had a beneficial effect on stress reduction. For instance, researchers from Stanford University found that those who walked in nature experienced less anxiety, rumination, as well as more positive emotions in comparison to the urban walkers. They also improved their memory, creativity and liveliness.

Lastly, although it comes from our modern lifestyle, staying away from phone and computer for a day in a week and focusing on building a connection with you own self is another way to make yourself happy and relaxed.

Photo credits for featured image:  Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

Kuldeep Singh can be reached out at twitter @Kuldeep_lko

 

Launch of Pacific Peace Network

On the occasion of International Day of Peace at 21 September 2016, a special event was organised by Peace RevolutionWorld Peace Initiative FoundationPacific Peace Network (PPN) and Aspire Network at University of South Pacific (USP) Performance space, Suva, Fiji.

The United Nation General Assembly has devoted International Day of Peace for strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme of the day for 2016 was “Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” The development Goals aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure Peace and prosperity for all.

This event was one of the building block for ensuring the peace and enhancing cooperation among pacific countries. In order to engage the young people in harmonious relationship, the ‘Pacific Peace Network’ (PPN) was officially launched by the youth of seven pacific countries including Fiji, Kiribati, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Solomon Islands. During the event, other Pacific Island countries also expressed interested in joining the Pacific Peace Network.

The Network aims to cover all Pacific nations and poise to be a common platform for young people across the region to create a happier and prosperous society. This network is intended to organize various events and exchange program by involving young people of pacific region in peace building process. This idea of creating this network was born to give an answer to the growing awareness among people for the urgent need of personal development and attaining inner peace. This initiative is of utmost importance, if we are to resolve the critical issues of our time and contribute peace to our societies.

The programme on International Peace day includes messages of peace from local young leaders, guided meditation session and talk on mindfulness, self-development and stress management.

The celebration event for International Day of Peace 2016 was formally organized by the participants of the First Oceanic Self-Discovery Camp, which was held at Nadi, Fiji from 30th August-4th September, 2016.  The first Self-Discovery Camp was attended by 25 young people from eight pacific island nations. The event was an unique opportunity to gather a thriving global community of peace activists and visionaries from different fields, in order to share their stories, brainstorm ideas, launch initiatives, and share an unforgettable experience of solidarity in unfolding our vision of world peace. In this serious, the Second Pacific Self-Discovery Camp will be organised from 24th-28th March 2017  and two weeks long International Pacific Youth Peace Training  in Fiji.

Lastly, in order to strengthen the existing ongoing initiatives, the World Peace Initiative Foundation has also launched two weeks long “Pacific Youth Peace Training” with the theme of “Creating Social Empowerment through Inner Peace” in order to provide a long term sustainable support for various peace initiative to pacific island countries.

The training offers a 14 days of intensive training program providing participants with deeper insight in the relationship between inner peace and sustainable world peace and enhancing their ability to create peace within their family, professional and social environment. In addition to mindfulness practice, participants will gain knowledge of various theoretical approaches including conflict resolution and the role of self-disciplines along with Leadership skills.

The training is scheduled from 13th to 26th November 2017 and the last date to apply is 31st July 2017.  The application process and more information about the training can be found here

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world’ as its important to start with ourselves first.  Gandhi further said “whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it”. At Peace Revolution, we believe in try making a change every day, even if it’s not a huge one, as  small deeds build up to something immense over time. Therefore we invite you to walk the talk with us and join us in making this world a better place to live.