Follow these 5 golden rules of happiness to find your bliss

Happiness needs to come from within. And so to help you be the happiest version of yourself, we present the five golden rules of contentment.
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Dr Ishita Mukerji Published: 20 Mar 2021, 18:00 pm IST
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In the pursuit of happiness, we tend to move mountains. Then be it, surrounding ourselves with people we love or engaging in the pleasures of life—we’ve done it all to be happy. But on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness, we want to tell you that happiness needs to come from within—and it doesn’t reside in some one or some thing.

To help you along on your journey to happiness, we’ve got for you the five golden rules to be being happy:

1. Forget the past and live in the present

It is very difficult to be 100% present in the moment and requires a lot of mindfulness to do so. Probably a lingering thought of the past or a recent conversation has you dwelling into it so intensely that you find it almost impossible to live in the moment and enjoy the present. However, if practiced with a conscious mind and continuous efforts, it becomes easier to do so over a period of time. You will definitely find yourself in a better state of mind if you can live in the present and face the upcoming challenges.

2. Don’t compare yourself with other people

With the advent of social media, where we are constantly subjected to the so-called fulfilling virtual life of the people, we are bound to start comparing ourselves with others. But one thing that we need to constantly tell ourselves is that we are all our own journeys and have overcome all the challenges before us to get where we are today. Everyone has their own story and every life is unique. The one person we all need to compare ourselves with is our own version from yesterday. Have I moved a little ahead in life? Am I a better human being today? That’s all that matters.


3. Learn to let go

It is very easy to hold on to a grudge and dive deep into blaming someone for our state of mind. But what we do not understand is that this is how we are unknowingly delaying the process of self-happiness. Forgiving and letting go of things are attributes that help you unburden yourself from such grudges and resentments. Our long-term happiness, to a large extent, depends on us and how we deal with situations. Also, it is important to surround ourselves with positive and encouraging people. They act as a catalyst in this journey of happiness.

4. Sleep with gratitude

A habit that will go a long way is to practice gratitude. We can get distracted and find it difficult to practice it at times, therefore a ritual like taking five minutes before sleeping to be thankful for everything that life has given us, will help you make it a habit. If you can dedicate sometime before sleeping to remind yourself of the things you are grateful for in life and what you liked doing the most during the day, you will sleep better and wake with a more positive outlook.

5. Declutter

Finally, the habit of keeping your surroundings clean may not sound like a big game-changer, however, the benefits of it are unfathomable. A clean environment gives a lot of clarity and helps in maintaining a smooth flow to the day. This is sometimes not considered as a big step towards having a happy or fulfilling life but it actually goes a long way. It makes way for a positive flow of energy into your life.

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About the Author

With a vast experience of over 10 years, Dr Ishita Mukerji Is an internationally renowned psychologist. She is an editorial board member of American Journal Of Health Research & Associate Counsellor in World Mental Healthcare Association & Counsellors Council Of India. She is also a Jury Member & personality coach of various modelling and beauty pageants. She has been associated with various prestigious hospitals, clinics, schools, media houses, senior care institutions and corporates.Her Expertise lies in the field of couple, family, child counselling, stress, anxiety & depression management, personality development, workplace & lifestyle management. She is also an accomplished life skill and a corporate trainer.A Doctorate in Psychology, Dr Ishita Mukerji is a Silver Medalist and has published various research papers in both national and international journals and conferences.Dr Mukerji’s work has been covered by many famous publications & many leading media channels. ...Read More

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