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Art Of Living

Chapter 3 : Happy Personality
     Happiness is our nature and suffering is our creation. To be happy one should stop creating their own sufferings. Happiness should not rely upon worldly materials, but it should lie within one's heart. Satisfaction and fulfillment should be found within oneself. People who run after fame, name, money, possessions, and property do not find happiness. They must realize that happiness is only within themselves instead of running after all of these pleasures.


      A person who has no worldly pleasures or desires lives a peaceful, happy, and satisfied life. Desires of worldly materials prove to be the root for all sadness and unhappiness. The desires and expectations for more lead to more unhappiness for a person and sadness.


Five Rules for a Happy Personality:

  1. Honesty -

    Do not try to show off, but try to project who you really are. If you want happiness for one day, go to the barber. If you want happiness for one week, then get married; for one month, build a house. But if you want happiness forever than be honest. Honesty lies in what we think, speak, and put into action right away.

  2. Live in the Present -

    1. A second rule for happiness is to live in the present, because to live in the past is to live with hate and repentance. To live in the future is to live with desire and anxiety. But to live in the present is to live in peace and happiness.
    2. In his lifetime, a person tries to accumulate as many things as possible, and he wastes his time thinking about possessing more and more. Yet he can never enjoy the things that he has in his possession. Always try to remember, do not sacrifice your happiness to accumulate things for tomorrow, for the person who is not happy now will never be happy forever.
    3. Try to live in the present because it helps in avoiding unnecessary anxiety. By not wasting energy and always being happy, the mind will be able to develop a happy personality.

  3. Avoid everything in excess

    1. Always try to avoid everything and anything in excess in any field of life. It can be in sleeping, eating, fasting, talking, enjoying in worldly materials and pleasures, or even if it is renouncing. Wherever there is excess, there is a chance of suffering. There is happiness only when there is a balanced equal mind.
    2. In an interview, Lal. B. Shastri was asked what is poison? In his reply, he said, "Everything in excess is a poison, and to over think is also the root of sadness and sufferings.

  4. Whatever happens, it happens for the best

    1. Why does an incident happen? It happens for a reason, unknown to us because we do not have the infinite knowledge. But we should always remember, whatever happens, it happens for a good reason.
    2. By accepting this aphorism, one develops the patience, is free from worries & tension. Due to this, the result is happiness, which reflects on our personality and creates an internal balance of mind.

  5. Try to learn to forget (Let it go)

    1. There are so many incidents and circumstances in life that one faces, it is in one's best interest to let them go or forget. It is the best solution.
    2. We always forget the things that we must remember, but we will always carry on past incidents and remember them for a lifetime. As a result, our life becomes miserable, which in turn reflects on our personality.
    3. Psychologists say that because of our ego, we do not forgive other people's mistakes. One proverb says, "Forgiveness is the best revenge." If one wants to take revenge, one should forgive a person, as it proves to be the best revenge one can receive.
    4. Try to forget unnecessary things, and then only can one learn to remember necessary things. One should not think about or keep useless things in his head. Try to clear all of the useless knowledge out of your head
Four Types of People who are Happy in Practical Life
  1. Avoids unnecessary spending
  2. Lives a simple life
  3. Stays away from a sinful life
  4. Stays away from hypocritical people

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