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The Art of Happiness

Rashmi Azad   •   20 Jun, 2023   •   8 mins

Learn about the mental, physical, and cognitive benefits of child-like happiness.

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Happiness is incredibly significant because it aids in our health and development as a person. From a child's perspective, even the most ordinary things can bring them the most joy. Whether it's the bright colours of a butterfly, the antics of a puppy, or the soft touch of raindrops, children have an intrinsic ability to discover joy in these experiences on their own. Their boundless hilarity is infectious, and it makes everyone around them happy.

With open minds and hearts, children embrace the world's natural mysteries, cultural differences, and boundless potential. When they let their imaginations run wild, they enter fantastical realms where the most mundane things take on amazing significance.

Children experience comfort, love, and a sense of belonging in the company of familiar adults. They rejoice in their successes and mark each milestone with a party. Most importantly, children enjoy every moment of life to the fullest, without any of the baggage of previous regrets or expectations for the future.

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Thus, we can say that our mental and emotional health greatly benefits from experiencing genuine happiness. Happiness is a pleasant emotion that helps one to be more resilient and successful in life. 

Benefits of Being Happy

People who are happy are better able to deal with stress, hardship, and psychological health issues. Emotional resilience is boosted, and problem-solving and creative thinking skills are developed when one is happy. 

Being happy is physically good for your body. It boosts your heart and immune systems and can even add years to your life. Goodwill, altruism, and social cohesion are all bolstered, and connections and relationships, in general, are strengthened. 

Cognitive abilities like attention, memory, and creativity also benefit from happiness. As a driving factor, it encourages people to seek out and achieve goals that matter to them. Happiness improves our outlook on life and our sense of well-being because it increases our capacity to experience joy.

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In conclusion, happiness is an extremely important emotion. Children are filled with awe and wonder, finding happiness in the smallest of things: play, friendship, and the realisation of their own potential. From a counsellor’s perspective, happiness is fundamental to our health and flourishing since it fosters toughness, physical health, positive relationships, and sharpness of mind, drive, and contentment with life. Cultivating happiness can improve the quality of one's life.

The author, Ms. Rashmi Azad, is a counsellor at Holy Child Public School, Sector 75, Faridabad. This piece has been submitted for the Newsahoot magazine.