Happiness is about having fun

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March 20th is International Day of Happiness. Think of something which will give you happiness and try to incorporate in your life.

Happiness is usually described asa mental or emotional state of well being characterized by positive or pleasant¬† emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy”. 1

Happiness is of such fundamental importance to the human condition that ” Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness¬† were deemed to be unalienable rights by the United States Declaration of Independence.

Life to me is in between being born and dying. A baby is born innocent and free from all the prejudices. We are not born angry, jealous, or for that matter, vindictive. But we are born happy and completely equal to each other. The baby is mostly gurgling, cooing and smiling without a care in the world and definitely not worried about religious, gender, monetary or political intolerance or in equality. So happiness is one behavior which is not learned and yet that is something we forget as we grow into adulthood.

Why would we choose to adopt the ways of the world by being angry, abusive, jealous, revengeful and petty in our behavior. These are what I call as learned traits. Some of us are better at holding on to happiness and others just simply forget it.

What gives us happiness as we grow older? It is different for everyone as we constantly strive to achieve it. For some, it can be as simple as being able to eat three meals a day, having or not having children, getting married (or not), having a car, house and all the materialistic things you can think of. For others it is about helping others, donations and of course having a meaningful existence. Neither thought process is wrong nor right. But they are really not the true meaning of happiness because they are all attached to a carrot which needs to be obtained to get your happiness.

To me, happiness is about having fun. Yes just pure solid fun in which we can enjoy nature, go for a walk/run, dance, sing, or find the inner baby in us. If you do something for a reason (be it good or bad) then that is not happiness. It is not about helping or destroying people. It is about you the person and the simple act of finding that action which reflexively gives you intense pleasure.

For now as we celebrate International day of happiness on March 20th as declared by United Nations think of something which will give you happiness and try to incorporate it in your daily routine. Go find your inner happiness while listening to this song from Pharrell Williams- Happy.

Secret to a Radiant Glowing Skin

Beauty in nature
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Nature is beautiful and so are you. Everyone can have a flawless beautiful glowing skin. Some days the skin will feel fresh and radiant. The other days not so much. Skin is the largest organ of the body and believe me it throws tantrums too.. just like your moods.

The secret is to incorporate a simple skin care routine twice a day to get to a healthy skin. Just like the fine balance of musical notes makes a melodious tune- a healthy skin has three basic notes.

Note 1 Cleanse with a gentle facial cleanser- upward, outward circular motion

Note 2 Tone-always use a toner to firm up your skin, and give it a healthy pH balance

Note 3 Nourish– massage in upward outward circular motion – with cream and/or serum to give nutrition to you skin – look for a cream with natural antioxidants which will nourish and feed your skin.

Follow these three steps every morning and evening to get a healthy looking skin. One should exfoliate every other day as one gets older. You can use any exfoliating scrub (eg organic jojoba beads), turmeric dry powder mask or a organic chemical peel such as a pumpkin glow mask. This will help with rejuvenation of skin and reduce blemishes and pigmentation over time.

There are many products out there in the market. Pick something which has organic ingredients, are gentle, and free from harsh chemicals. I have found that having essential oil based products has an added benefit of aromatherapy. The aromatic fragrance of essential oils will also make you relaxed and happy which in turn will help your largest organ – the skin of course behave in the most glowing manner.

You should still treat yourself to a day out to a spa as the pampering you are given will be peaceful to your mind.

The most powerful ingredient to your glowing beautiful skin is positive thinking and happiness. Stay away from negativity and regret. Start with excersizing and eating healthy.

Mastering these three simple steps (cleanse, tone and nourish ) will give you a healthy skin. This in turn will determine your art to aging gracefully.