Do you know how to be happy ?


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Today, I asked a group of people about their goals in life. One of them was 'to be happy.' I let it sink in and now wonder how many of us know how to be happy. 

If you do, what tips would you have for those who seek to be happy (esp. for late teens)?

Update: Wow thank you for all your incredible answers. I deeply appreciate your input and shall share them at any given opportunity:)

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Today, I asked a group of people about their goals in life

Why didn’t you include me?😫😫😫😫😫

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Easy answer- Love and surrender to our Divine Ma and Beloved Guruji. 🥰❤️🙏🏻

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A productive day is a happy day. Yes, the mind will try to procrastinate, it'll try to push you to get some entertainment, browsing social media, news, important events. Or, call this or that person. But, if you listen to it, and end up wasting whole of your day on those unproductive stuff, you'll be agitated at the end.

This is also mentioned in Bhagavat Gita:

That happiness which is derived from contact of the senses with their objects and which appears like nectar at first but poison at the end is said to be of the nature of passion. action done in the mode of passion results in misery. (chapters 18 and 14)

What's a productive day? Performing your prescribed duty as per your current situation with your full attention leads to a productive day. So, if you're a student, for you productive means attending your classes and doing the studies required. After that, you can do anything to entertain yourself but first complete those prescribed things.

So, to be happy, you don't need a grand purpose or big goals in life. Just do what you aught to be doing as a first thing and experience happiness and peace. Experience also the bliss beyond happiness, if you could do prescribed things without complaints and with mindfulness.

Obviously, your prescribed things can and do change as you evolve. You have the right to change your goals and purpose in life. If you've done something for  a sufficient amount of time, have given your best to it. and you know longer feel connected, you can move on.

Btw, for the seekers out there, this video would also of interest to watch re seeking happiness.

Jai Sri Hari 🙏

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I say one has to define happiness for themselves and be that way as a choice! 

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A great king once met Lord Buddha and said “ I want happiness”

Buddha replied “ First remove the I, meaning your ego, then give up all your materialist wants, what then remains is Happiness” 

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I think true happiness sprouts because of the other things that we cultivate in our life like gratefulness, acceptance and love.

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This whole concept of Happiness is warped. Happiness is only possible once we accept that what makes me happy will not make you happy. It's also not possible to be happy all the time. We are made up of so many emotions. They all need to find a balance. Expression of our emotions is a different thing altogether. Some of us smile more than others. Some of us like being reserved. Adolescence is a phase of learning and discovery. Indulging in hobbies is an excellent way to be happy during this phase. 

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Take up humor as a spiritual practice. See the funny side of everything. Learn from the best: Om Swami ji. Make up your own Akbar birbal jokes.

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