Hope everyone is beginning the new year in good health and greater happiness insha’Allah.
As the new year begins many of us set some personal goals and resolutions. I may not be able to help you with all of them but I can certainly help with one:
Making the best decisions for your health and wellbeing
Now you may have already come across so many articles about happiness and working towards it. But can we really make a conscious decision to be happier?
According to Dr Aid al-Qarni, Author of the famous “Don’t be sad” book, happiness is the solace derived from being upon the truth, a peace of mind that is achieved by living according to sound principles, and calmness that is brought about by living a life of goodness.
So lets get a little technical, Psychology research has found three facets of life that appear to have a moderate association with subjective wellbeing:
1. Health- While good physical health may seem to be the best requirement for happiness, it is interesting to find that it is something most of us take for granted. In saying this, many people are able to adapt to different health problems, and despite their struggles are able to develop greater happiness and appreciation for the times they don’t feel many symptoms. Alhamdulilah we live in a country such as Australia, where most health services are so much more easily available than other countries.
2. Social activity- Now this one may be different for some of us. Some people find comfort in being alone, while others love to be consistently surrounded by people. For those of us who are satisfied with our social support and friendship networks, we report above average levels of happiness. People who are exceptionally happy tend to report greater satisfaction with their social relations than those who are average or low on subjective wellbeing.
3. Religion- A number of large scale surveys suggest that people with heartfelt religious convictions are more likely to be happy than people who characterize themselves as non-religious (Weiten, 2010). Alhamdulilah for Islam, it gives us a sense of purpose, meaning in our lives, helps us accept hardships and allows us to put our whole existence into perspective.
These are just a few ideas related to happiness. I personally feel that a correct balance of all three is definitely as step closer to my journey of happiness insha’Allah. What do you think? Leave your responses in the comments section below…….
Until next time
Stay in good health