Happiness Versus Happy Person
Happiness is like a seed, that has to be taken care of and cultivated in mind from the very beginning, to get its full benefits. If one understands the true meaning of happiness one can change his/her life in the right direction to get ultimate success. But, if one gets happiness by using drugs or spending excessive money or believe in unnecessary showing off, one can ruin his/her life because it produces only temporary pleasure. Happiness is a state of mind. Good habits, good morals, taking responsibility, the right focus in life and meditation can help to cultivate happiness. Sometimes our mind is entangled with so many things it is difficult to think straight. Meditation can untangle the mind so that one can think straight to make the right decision and be happy.
A happy person can be successful in life, has a better relationship with other human beings and be healthy. Happiness can 1) Protect heart, 2) Strengthen the immune system, 3) Reduce stress leading to fewer aches and pain, 4) Reduce diseases and disabilities, 5) Lengthens lives and thus 6) Makes one feel and look young regardless to chronological age. Happiness is a state of mind when one's needs and dreams are fulfilled. In other words, happiness comes when one is satisfied with his/her achievement and has a good feeling in his/her heart that he/she is correct. Happiness is a feeling of contentment that life is just as it should be. Perfect happiness and enlightenment come when most of the needs are satisfied and fulfilled.
One's mind may go in many directions in search for happiness and satisfaction depending on the situations, such as 1) Wellbeing affecting one's mood, 2) Environment that controls external factors i.e. looking good or is house well decorated, 3) Temporary Pleasures or Joys, 4) Relationships with others, 5) Outlook as to how one approaches the world, 6) Having a Purpose or Meaning in life for living, 7) Actively Involving in an endeavor, 8) Getting Successful in life, and 9) Recovering from negative events.
We all have different explanations and definitions of what happiness is and what it means to each of us. No matter what challenges, crossroads, and lifestyle changes may come across in one's life. At the end of the day, one's happiness is what truly matters most. Whether one is in a relationship, has children, has a busy work life or whatever the circumstances are, it is important to know how to be happy yourself. When you know what makes you truly happy, practice self-love, take care of yourself and step out of your comfort zone, you will be able to see how powerful being happy can be.
Socrates's original teachings and Plato's ideas, but the following are their deepest thoughts about pleasure and happiness: https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/philosophy-of-happiness-finding-pleasure-in-life/
+ All human beings naturally desire happiness
+ Happiness is obtainable and teachable through effort.
+ Happiness does not depend on material things but on how we use material goods (wisely or unwisely).
+ Happiness depends on learning to harmonize our desires. We do this by giving more weight to our desire for knowledge and virtue than to our desire for physical pleasures.
+ Virtue and happiness are inextricably linked; it is impossible to have one without the other.
+ The pleasures one gets from pursuing virtue and knowledge are on a higher plane than the pleasures we get from satisfying our baser desires. Pleasure is not the goal of existence, but it is an integral part of being virtuous. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-addiction-connection/201506/whats-your-definition-happiness
Research in the field of positive psychology and happiness often define a happy person as someone who experiences frequent positive emotions, such as joy, interest, and pride, and infrequent (though not absent) negative emotions, such as sadness, anxiety, and anger (Lyubomirsky et al., 2005). Happiness has also been said to relate to life satisfaction, appreciation of life, moments of pleasure, but overall it has to do with the positive experience of emotions.
The key to these definitions is that positive emotions do not indicate the absence of negative emotions. A "happy person" experiences the spectrum of emotions just like anybody else, but the frequency by which they experience the negative ones may differ. It could be that "happy people" don't experience as much negative emotion because they process it differently or they may find meaning in a way others have not. Using the phrase "happy person" is probably incorrect because it assumes that they are naturally happy or that positive things happen to them more often. Nobody is immune to life's stressors, but the question is whether you see those stressors as moments of opposition or moments of opportunity.
In philosophy, happiness translates the Greek concept of eudaimonia, and refers to the good life, or flourishing, rather than simply an emotion. In psychology, happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being that can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may reflect judgments by a person about their overall well-being. Since the 1960s, happiness research has been conducted in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including gerontology, social psychology, clinical and medical research, and happiness economics. The United Nations declared 20 March the International Day of Happiness to recognize the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happiness:
According to my definition, the goal of a truly happy person is to follow some lifelong disciplines to be happy and should have the following qualities: A truly happy person is a compassionate person, has good character with spiritual knowledge grounded with intelligence, understands the universal order as to how the humans are living interdependent on each other, always tries to make correct decisions, is a teacher and a leader and works to further enhance happiness in the world.
To become a truly happy person is to remain in a state of learning, in the pursuit of knowledge and in seeking truth to benefit others. It requires a life of seeking truth and upholding firm ethical principles like non-violence, non-attachment, humility, and truthfulness in making decisions. Thus, a happy person continuously searching for truth and following a path of righteousness has the training to judge issues without any emotions or attachment, and bases conclusions or decisions on his/her experiences. This person can lead others as a teacher or leader to get the ultimate happiness in everyone's life who needs it.
The U.S. economy may be recovering, but Americans aren't getting any happier: Only one in three Americans say they'revery happy, according to a recent Harris Poll. The online poll of 2,345 U.S. adults, conducted last month, used a series of questions to determine Americans' levels of contentment and life satisfaction. Overall, just 33 percent of Americans said that they were very happy, remaining consistent with happiness levels in 2011 but dropping from 35 percent who reported being very happy in 2008 and 2009.
Wealth tends to create more wealth, but a rich background is not the only way to the top. All from humble beginnings, some of the poorest people not only climbed to the top of their industries but also became some of the richest people in the world.
Although the rich do get richer, these rags-to-riches stories remind us that through determination, passion and focus in life, and a bit of luck anyone can overcome any circumstances and achieve extraordinary success in any field including happiness.
Getting Ultimate Joyfulness Through Dance
How "ShiPaNatyam" Dance Can Improve Your Health and Circulation? Published in Brahma Vani 2003 by Umesh Bhargava, Ph.D
This article is written to provide you the values of the ShiPaNatyam dance or similar type dance exercises that could be used in your daily exercise programs. Having spent about $20,000 on physical therapy after two car accidents, and then going to fitness clubs to continue physical therapy on my own, I found out that this kind of exercise was not appealing to me. I paid three years' membership dues for a fitness club but went there only for the first six months. My spouse also paid for expensive club membership for a year, but never went to a fitness club to exercise and lost this money. I was making many excuses for not going to a fitness club, for example, 'I am too tired', 'it is too late', 'it is too hot or cold', 'I am not in the mood' etc., etc. One of the main reasons for my excuses was that these exercises very boring, routine and repetitive. I found out, when I talked to other people, that they had the same kind of experience with fitness clubs.
The above experience led me to look for other exercise programs, which can be done at any time, and any place. One of the requirements was that it should be a pleasant experience so that I would enjoy repeating it. One day I got this experience spontaneously as if God touched me and led me to act. I repeated this action many times. To my surprise, I found more and more enjoyment every time I was repeating this action. This experience came when I was driving. It usually takes 45 to 60 minutes for me to reach my work. I found my blood pressure would rise 20 to 30 mm during driving which was bad for my health. I thought this was due to stress during driving and, therefore, I should divert my subconscious mind to something else. One day during driving, I was listening to good music and my fingers started dancing. It was so smooth, pleasurable, and relaxing experience that with little practice I was able to follow the music with great flexibility, similar to a great "tabalchi" (player of tabla; a drum-like Instrument), or a pianist that follows the musical rhythm. I found out that this also prevented my blood pressure to rise during driving as was seen before. Then I thought, if I could dance my fingers and hands to the music, I should be able to make other parts of the body to dance with the same flexibility. I started this practice with my one arm, followed by shoulder, both arms, both shoulders, one leg, both legs, my hips, my back at spinal cord area, my eyes and neck, and eventually the whole body.
This was the starting point of my dance, ShiPaNatyam, which I did later on. The name ShiPaNatyam was chosen because the dance of Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati, was the
first dance described in the literature. This may have some resemblance to my dance. Like the Tandava dance of Shiva, this dance can be done vigorously, with brisk movements; or like the dance performed by Goddess Parvati, which can be done gently with graceful movements. Like Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati dances, ShiPaNatyam can also be associated with nourishment, power or shakti, healer of diseases, joy in dancing, and meditation. The general interpretation of the name, ShiPaNatyam is - 'Shi' stands for Lord Shiva, 'Pa' stands for Goddess Parvati and Natyam means dance.
The amount of benefit you get from this dance depends upon the amount of effort you put on it. The fast dance will burn more calories and will increase your heartbeat rate. On the other hand, the dance with fewer movements may not burn too many calories but maybe just enough to meditate and provide some personal enjoyment. This dance can be done at any time, any place, including at work since it increases productivity in work by providing more energy and relaxation. It can be done alone or with other people at parties with any kind of music (including bhajans), or by any age group - young or old. This dance can be done even before sleeping due to its effect on relaxation. Webster's Dictionary defines dance, as a rhythmic movement of feet or body, ordinarily to music. This dance can be done by sitting or standing or in bed if you cannot get up from your bed due to sickness or some kind of disability. It can be done by anyone with little learning. However, it may take several years of practice to become very good at it. Initially, there are no set steps to learn to enjoy this dance.
The only requirement is that you should move as many parts of your body, as you can do easily, and do in the way that produces maximum pleasure for you. You should start with gentle round motions, as done in Tai Chi, which is easy to perform without hurting your joints. There are no dress code requirements.
The life on earth existed as far back as 3, 000 million years ago, however, the Sapiens Neanderthalensis were found 230,000 to 30,000 years ago. These 'humans' were strong and heavily built. These were very hardworking persons, dependent upon fire and hunting to survive. Sapiens existed 120,000 years ago. These looked much different from the first ones. During the last 120,000 years, we have changed very much. These changes were due to coincidental mutation from generation to generation. Due to constant hard work done by our ancestors, over several thousand years (unlike trees or plants) the human machinery was designed in such a way, that they had to be active, especially to keep the fluids in body circulating and to live well. Up until the last 50 years, people have always worked hard to survive. During the last 50 years, that is, after the 2nd World War, the World has changed. Cars, automatic washer, colored TV, microwave ovens, production lines, desk or computer work, etc. have made life easier but require very little physical activity. If eating habits and physical activities are not controlled in proportion to each other, many diseases, namely, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, insomnia, memory loss, and metabolic syndrome could proliferate and these, in turn, would lead to fast aging and poor quality of life. After complete body paralysis, people can still live but become very weak due to prolonged inactivity.
Increased circulation is the major benefit of exercise. It is very important to keep blood and lymph fluid circulating well. Your heart can pump blood to various parts of the body, but the returning of blood and circulation of lymph fluid depends upon your movement. When the blood is pumped through the arteries, the blood vessels become smaller and smaller, to the extent that the blood components are squeezed out through the tiny gaps. This becomes the tissue fluid, which carries nourishment to every cell. After the nourishment is utilized, the waste products have to be removed from these cells. Here the lymph vessels direct the tissue fluid back to the blood circulation. The blood returns to the heart by veins for re-circulation and waste products are excreted through the kidney. The veins have valves, which prevent blood from going backward. Here you can see how the body uses movements to remove the toxins and unwanted products. When there are not enough body movements, the waste products are stored in the fatty area of the body that then becomes unusable. With time it builds up more and more and becomes harder and harder to remove. When crash dieting is done, these toxins are released too quickly to the system to cause flu-like symptoms. So, a gradual exercise with a proper nutritional program is always better than a crash program. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality from many chronic diseases. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, many millions of Americans have chronic diseases that can be improved or prevented through regular exercise programs.
Benefits of Exercise
1) Cuts down the cost of health care. It costs about $2,000 to care for a non-diabetic vs. $13,000 for diabetic per year. 2) Reduces high blood pressure. It promotes cardiovascular fitness and strengthens the heart and circulatory system. 3) Increases the HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) levels and decreases the total cholesterol levels. HDL-C is called good cholesterol since it lowers the risk of coronary artery disease. 4) It improves blood circulation throughout the body and thereby makes the body more efficient and prevents peripheral vascular disease. 5) Controls blood glucose in a diabetic patient. 6) Prevents dying prematurely. 7) Produces strong bone and prevent osteoporosis. 8) Stronger muscles and joints prevent arthritis. 9) Strengthens your muscle tone for better overall body movements. 10) It is easier for a smoker to stop smoking. 11) Produces psychological lift and feeling of overall wellbeing. 12) It improves in the body to utilize oxygen by increasing circulation. 13) Improves the quality of life in elder people by increasing their strength and balance so that they can move without falling. 14) Reduces the feeling of depression and anxiety. 15) It helps control weight. 16) Reduces the risk of colon cancer. 17) It gives you more energy and endurance to enjoy your life. 18) It makes you look younger and gives you more energy. 19) Gets you more resistance to disease due to improved health and better sleeping habits. 20) It increases memory and makes you more alert.
ShiPaNatyam dance can be called "The Dance of Joy"
The history of dance in India is more than 5,000 years old. According to Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Brahma created fifth Veda, Natyaveda (Veda of dance), from the pleading of other Gods and Goddesses, to make the Veda simple so that it could be understood by most human beings. He took the essence from the four Vedas to form the fifth Veda. He asked Bharat Muni to take this Veda and popularize this on earth. Then Bharat Muni wrote Natya Shastra to perform drama, music, and dance on earth. During the early stage of dance performance, Lord Shiva was so impressed that he sent one of his disciples to refine the dances. Bharatanatyam, the oldest dance in India, might have got its name from Bharata Muni. Then Goddess Parvati (wife of Lord Shiva) taught this dance to Usha, who was the daughter of Banasura, a demon. Usha then taught the same to Gopikas in Dwarka, Lord Krishna's birthplace. This way the dance was introduced on earth in India.
The chronological age of our body is our actual age, but most of the cells in our body usually are very young. In one year, most of the cells in our body are recreated and old cells are destroyed. If we calculate our age by the average age of our entire cell population in our body, we will never be very old. Without body movements, the man is very weak. The energy formed by the body movements and from our heart pumping provides nutrition to every cell in our body and then waste products are excreted through the kidney. According to the Hindu religion, God resides within you. Since we all are his sons or creations, the body may have its universe made up of many cells (some are moving and others stationary) and organs that are like galaxies. Like Shiva dance, movements in our body have the power of creation and destruction of "star" like cells within our body universe.
When musical energy strikes the soul, heart or brain, it creates an infinite variety of patterns of dance motions in our body. These patterns of dance motions are inherently present in most human beings, as shown by the unique or different movements of hands, feet, and other parts of the body by different people. Like DNA or fingerprints, the patterns of dance motions created by music are unique for each person. Dancing creates the circulation of different fluids in our body to keep the body healthy.
I have observed many infants, dancing to music in their ways, by movements of arms and legs. These Movements become more refined as they grow older. It is entirely possible that a baby could learn some form of primitive dancing before his birth, by music. This could be the reason why, before a child would speak or walks, he would mimic dancing. For these reasons, I believe ShiPaNatyam, should be taught to children as soon as possible. When the children are physically fit, many diseases such as Osteoporosis, Type II diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Hypertension could be prevented in old age.
When every fiber in your body, during dancing, feels extreme joy and happiness with different beats of music, you may reach in ecstasy. In this state, you may be dancing with total relaxation and consuming energy without feeling it. In other words, you may be burning a lot of calories without feeling it. In this state, it is easier to actively meditate or pray. ShiPaNatyam dance may be different from the other dances, as there are no set rules on how to move your feet, hands or your body. In ShiPaNatyam dance there are no particular steps for you to follow. It is like paper flowing in air or moving of ocean waves independently from the energy of their own, where the energy comes from the wind.
Following is the experience of Martin Walton who performs "Trance Dance". In her moving essay, she explains how it works: "Trance dancers experience the healing power of rhythm. Rhythm produces certain fundamental results because of the natural laws of resonance and entertainment. Resonance is the natural ability of something to vibrate to a frequency from the source other than itself. When we are surrounded by the powerful beat c f drums and other percussions, the resonating systems of our body, including the brain, begin to vibrate in response. The beat is essential in altering brain waves, entraining them from beta, which is the cycle of our daily activity and cognitive thought, into a relaxed alpha and eventually the trance state of theta."
There are no right or wrong steps to dance. The only things you have to do are to relax, feel pleasure in dancing without fear, and let the rhythm of music guide your body. When you move your body with total relaxation, the muscle fibers in your body and joints rub each other. This massages your body in many places at the same time. You feel more energetic because your shoulders and feet are more relaxed. You can increase your level of pleasure by moving as many joints as you can do easily. Usually, music is composed of many beats. You can let your fingers move with fast beats, arms, and shoulders with the next fast beats, your feet with different beats, and your hips with slower beats at the same time.
Everybody has stress in their daily life of work. This may stiffen the muscles causing sore muscle, which may upset your stomach, cause insomnia, headache, depression, memory loss, arthritis, overeating, etc. If this is left unattended, it may turn into a chronic disease, which in turn may be difficult to cure. In my opinion, the ShiPaNatyam dance would be an ultimate exercise program for most people. It is composed of three powerful treatments, namely, music, exercise, and meditation at the same time. Each of these three treatments itself has a powerful effect on the body.
How to Increase Pleasure in ShiPaNatyam Dancing?
The body has at least 71 major joints that can be counted as, 34 joints in two hands and arms, 34 joints in two legs, two joints in the neck, and one joint at the waistline. If you include all the vertebral segments in a spinal column, which are 33 in total, the total number of joints becomes 104. These are the places you can move or vibrate in response to music.
Every time you move with music it produces a complex sensory response in the brain to feel pleasure. Fingers are very flexible and have many sensory nerves. You can move your arms along with your fingers at a fast pace as if you have four arms like Lord Shiva. The movement of arms is also very important, to provide good circulation to the heart, lungs, and brain when they move in a rhythm. Like wings of an airplane or a flying bird, arms stabilize many dancing motions, which are difficult to balance.
As you are moving your hands and arms, you can also move both legs to improve circulation in your legs. To improve your balance, you can stand on one leg, then the other, as shown in the Lord Shiva's bronze statue. It is believed that many diseases start from a spinal column, therefore, exercises for your back are very important. You should move your backside to the side to side to produce a massaging action. You can also swing your waistline area to strengthen the pelvic area. This makes your lower back strong. Shoulder movements are also very important since they are very flexible. Neck and eye movements can also be done to maximize your pleasure.