H.A.P.P.Y. An introduction to finding your happiness

Finding happiness IS attainable. In recent years, the scientific community has multiplied its research in the fields of positive psychology, narrative therapy, and beyond to explore how we can attain this once elusive state of being we call happiness.

These exciting developments have the power to help people find lasting, meaningful happiness in their lives. The bottom line? You can become a happier version of yourself...so why not start today?

The karuna school of happiness is leading the way in this once elusive search for happiness. We’re doing this by immersing our teachings in evidence-based practices like narrative therapy alongside ancient wisdom principles. We are your key to unlocking the tools you need to permanently transform your life. To help you get started on your happiness journey, karuna’s founder, Arun Sardana, created the H.A.P.P.Y. acronym. Read on to discover how these simple methods can help you find your happiness.

H: Humor

H is for humor. Did you know that many people in India practice laughter yoga? Laughter is considered to be the best medicine. There are “virtually universal positive results associated with existing studies of laughter.” 1 Bring true laughter—the kind that comes from deep within your belly—back into your life. It is scientifically shown to be one of the methods that can help you become happier.

A: Awareness

A stands for awareness—being aware of who you are as a person, what your values are,

and what it is that truly will make you happy in life. It’s understanding how you relate to the rest of the world, and how you relate to others. Most importantly, it’s how to relate to yourself, and perhaps, how you relate to something larger than yourself. That awareness will lead you on the path towards finding what brings you lasting happiness.

P: Purpose

The first P is purpose. Finding purpose and meaning is not easy to do—it’s a patient process. It takes time. Sometimes, it can take us decades to get there, and even then, our purpose can shift. Today, your purpose could be taking care of your children. Tomorrow, your purpose could be doing something really amazing at work, or getting involved with a charity. Giving back to others is especially effective when it comes to finding happiness. It has been scientifically found to be one of the most effective ways you can make your life happier, healthier, and longer.

P: Passion

The second P of H.A.P.P.Y. is passion. Ask yourself—what puts me in an amazing mood and truly lifts my soul and spirit? Identifying what lifts your mood and really gets you excited is not that difficult to do, especially if you take note and actively look for what makes you passionate about life. Find that passion, and encourage its growth at every turn. This is one of the most enjoyable and effective ways you can find your happiness.

Y: Young at heart

Finally, the Y stands for young at heart. Make an effort to genuinely enjoy every moment. Laugh at the small things. Laugh at your mistakes. Being young at heart doesn't mean that you have to be silly, it just means being present. Think about a child who's the youngest at heart—that child is always immersed in the present: laughing, crying, eating, walking, singing, dancing—that is young at heart.

The H.A.P.P.Y. acronym is a great first step towards finding true happiness, but there is much more work to be done. The karuna school of happiness is hard at work developing karuna journeys—transformational programs that allow you to reimagine your life. Now, you can finally end your search for lasting, meaningful, and unbound happiness. We’re unleashing a wave of compassion that will make the world a happier place to live for all, and we want you to come with us on this journey. Happiness lives here. Welcome home.




References


1 Strean, William B. “Laughter prescription.” Canadian family physician Medecin de famille canadien vol. 55,10 (2009): 965-7.