The 3 Fs of Happiness


Sharon Andrew, Happiness Evangelist at Happiest Minds Technologies, Bangalore, writes about the 3 Fs of Happiness. These are simple rules which all of us but forget to apply in our daily lives.

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Happiness ranges from the simple, APPRECIATION to the more complex, FORGIVENESS.

But by exploring these different facets we increase our capacity for happiness.

While facing challenging times too, happiness becomes a conscious choice.

How do we keep happy?

HAVE FUN

Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. — Michael Jordan

If we love our jobs, then we never need to do a day’s work in our life.

Fun brings out the child in each of us and returns us to who we are….alive and aligned.

In this fast-paced, challenge-fazed world, we need to remember to have fun.

STAY FOCUSED

We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right. — Marianne Williamson

Focus is powerful…it influences our happiness & it directs our lives.

Focus on kindness.

Focus on being mindful.

Focus on your strengths.

Focus on opportunities.

Focus on the newness each day brings.

Focus on your uniqueness.

Focus on what makes you happy.

SHOW FORGIVENESS

When you forgive, you in no way change the past, but you sure do change the future. – Bernard Meltzer

Our reactive, natural response to getting hurt is to get even.

How do we let them off the hook? How can we let them go? Where is justice in all this?

To forgive someone is tricky and very difficult.

But when we make that choice…to forgive, we are not holding on to resentment and are releasing ourselves from wallowing in bitterness. Forgiveness actually is for our benefit. The Buddha says: “Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else: you are the one who gets burned.”

Forgiveness is not accepting unkindness; it is about our healing and freedom.

Have fun.

Stay focused.

Show forgiveness.

(Adapted from The Project Happiness Handbook by Randy Taran and Maria Lineger)

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2 thoughts on “The 3 Fs of Happiness

  1. Aditya Nagarajan (@aditya_n)

    Happiness is our very own nature, if sometimes makes you happy, it is derived happiness. Happiness is an emotion which we have labelled, we identified with an emotion and called it happiness. If we didn’t label things, we won’t have to question the very nation of happiness

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  2. Geeta Madhavan

    Happiness is our very own nature, if sometimes makes you happy, it is derived happiness. Happiness is an emotion which we have labelled, we identified with an emotion and called it happiness. If we didn’t label things, we won’t have to question the very notion of happiness

    Reply

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