Thursday November 23, 2017

Keys to happiness are here, unlock yourself!

The ten rituals that cold unleash the dam of your inner happiness

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With these 10 keys, happiness guaranteed. image courtesy: Pixabay

Feb 28, 2017: I believe the most potent word to trigger nostalgia instantly is ‘Childhood’. The emotions run after hearing this word can’t be explained. I mean, how could a single word define the emotion of remembering the courses of joy, freedom, creativity, innocence, and stupidity we went through during our phases of childhood.The phase of childhood may lasted short, but the memories it created are so enormous that we cherish them throughout our lives and yet crave for more of them.

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What the special part of childhood we recognize after growing up is the presence of unbound happiness there. The happiness which was scattered like clouds in the sky, and we were never short of happiness as for us, it was unconditional and limitless. What happened after we grew up? Why did it fade away? Is it because our responsibilities have or because we started taking our lives way more seriously.

The reason is quite ironic in nature. We chase a mirage, and in the run, we lose ourselves. We chase happiness as the ultimate reason to live, but what we lose is rather our happiness. We’re the reason for perplexedness. We’ve turned into a machine where every emotion demands a reason for its existence. We’ve let our conscience to overshadow us, changing our state of happiness from natural to a mechanical, programs the access with the codes of critical things & events like success, being in love, achievements, career, respect, acknowledgment, luxury, abundance, etc.

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Why this Kolaveri di?

Whatever we do is our quest for reaching that state of unbound happiness. And, in this quest, the milestones (Respect, Honor, Love, etc.) of happiness we achieve, we perceive them from the eyes of other people. We are so lost in reaching that final destination that we forget that the happiness is not a destination, but it’s a journey. The concept of happiness is similar to the concept of learning. Both of them are a subject of evolution, you can never get over with learning & being happy.

So wouldn’t it become a ‘thing’ if we conglomerate learning with happiness? Well, I’ll be sorry to damn you all, but it has been done already by our sages and the thing is called ‘Spirituality’. It’s been practiced for the time immemorial and has the potential to vacuum all the rubble in your path of happiness. But what you have to learn is not the spirituality, but the rituals you have to follow to attain spirituality while being happy. As I’ve told you that happiness is not a destination, so for more clarity, door is the spirituality, while happiness is the lock on it. And to unlock happiness, we have a set of keys.

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Keys To Happiness-

1. Ritual of Solitude: A fifteen minutes of silence can do wonders for you. The ritual is done to provide your mind & soul the peace they require to rejuvenate themselves.

2. Ritual of Physicality: It is the ritual which should be followed with utmost discipline & diligence. It requires you take out some time daily and get involve in rigorous physical activities so that it nourishes your body. Because in a healthy body reside a healthy mind and soul.

3. Ritual of Radiant Living: It deals with what you consume. You are advised since childhood to keep your hands off from the junk foods, I guess it’s the time when you start paying heed to the fact that they deplete the vital energy levels of your body. Eat live food created through Sun, air, soil, and water – ‘a vegetarian diet’.

4. Ritual of Abundant Knowledge: This ritual centers around the concept of constant learning and extending your horizon of knowledge. It is advised to read at least 30 minutes daily and rest is the wonderful change you’ll find gradually. Be selective in what you put in your precious garden of your mind.

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5. Ritual of Personal Reflection:  The acknowledgment of your inner-self, the acceptance of your truth, the knowledge of your potential, weaknesses, and strength forms the basis of this ritual. Take out the time to get to know yourself better & you’ll connect to the dimensions of your being that you never knew you had.

6. Ritual of Early Awakening:  Start your day with Sun, it makes you more aware about the day and it is also proven, that sleeping no more than 6 hours makes you more productive.

7. Ritual of Music:  Listening to music which inspires is the exercise to follow this ritual. Listen to inspiring music with the meaningful lyrics that motivates & fills you with a spark.

8. Ritual of Spoken Words:  Chanting mantras and reading motivational texts actually makes an aura of positivity around you which eventually helps you in being ahead in your field of work.

9. Ritual of Congruent Character: You sow a thought, you reap an action. Reap and action, you reap a character. Sow a character you reap your destiny.

10. Ritual of Simplicity: The rule of simplicity doesn’t apply to your thing, but to undesirable needs, you try to fulfill. This ritual demands to push off all the undesirable needs and practice the concept of ‘simple living, high thinking’

What you practice is what you become!

 

prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

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Do You Only Experience Happiness, Sadness, Anger, Surprise, Fear and Disgust? Not Anymore! Researchers Discover 27 Different States of Human Emotions

The study has revealed that there are smooth gradients of emotion between, say, awe and peacefulness, horror and sadness, and amusement and adoration

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According to the study, there are not just 6 but 27 different human emotions. They have also found gradients between these 27 different emotions. Pixabay

Berkeley, September 11, 2017 : A new study challenges a long-held assumption in psychology that most human emotions fall within the universal categories of happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

Using statistical models to analyse the responses of 853 men and women, who are demographically diverse, to 2,185 emotionally evocative video clips, University of California, Berkeley, researchers have identified 27 distinct categories of emotion and created a multidimensional map to show how they are connected.

According to the study published in journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, there are smooth gradients of emotion between, for instance, awe and peacefulness, horror and sadness, and amusement and adoration.

“We don’t get finite clusters of emotions in the map because everything is interconnected,” Xinhua quoted lead author Alan Cowen as saying.

The results showed that study participants generally shared the same or similar emotional responses to the videos shown to them, providing a wealth of data that allowed the researchers to identify 27 distinct categories of emotion.

Through statistical modelling and visualisation techniques, the researchers organised the emotional responses to each video into a semantic atlas of human emotions.

“We found that 27 distinct dimensions, not six, were necessary to account for the way hundreds of people reliably reported feeling in response to each video,” said study senior author Dacher Keltner. (IANS)

 

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Study: Supportive Relationships Can Help You Face up Challenges

It's a supportive relationship that makes people more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed

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Holding Hands in relationship. Pixabay
  • People with supportive partners are more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges, suggests a study
  • Participants with discouraging partners expressed a lack of confidence
  • The researchers found that the most supportive partners showed enthusiasm about the opportunity and encouraged their partners

Washington, Aug 12, 2017: According to a recent study, it’s a supportive relationship that makes people more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed.

The Carnegie Mellon University psychologists found that people with supportive partners were more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges and experienced more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being and better relationship functioning months later after accepting those challenges.

Lead author of the study, Brooke Feeney said, “We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points, such as pursuing a work opportunity or seeking out new friends, matter a lot for their long-term well-being”, mentioned ANI.

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The research was carried on 163 married couples that provided one member of each couple with a choice- either to solve a simple puzzle or compete for a prize by giving a speech. The researchers then recorded the couples’ communications as they decided whether to take challenges.

It was noted that participants with more supportive and encouraging partners were more in favor of competing for the prize, while those with discouraging partners expressed a lack of confidence. Six months later, those who attempted the more challenging task reported having more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being, and better relationships than those who didn’t.

The researchers found that the most supportive partners showed enthusiasm about the opportunity, encouraged their partners, and talked about the potential benefits of taking on the challenge.

Feeny adds, “Significant others can help you thrive through embracing life opportunities. Or they can hinder your ability to thrive by making it less likely that you’ll pursue opportunities for growth.”