5 Simple Ways To Be Happy


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Are you rolling your eyes at the title? Probably….

Is this an overrated subject  – Perhaps…..

Does this sound like a formula – Sure…

Does it work – I think so, sorry, not think so, but I know so…

In a world that is so complicated, busy and overloaded with information, we need to make conscious efforts to not get carried away and lose our happiness and peace of mind. The Easter long weekend is a time to pause, reflect and consider the message of Christ.  Now, I am not a Christian and I don’t claim an authority on Christian Theology.  However, I do understand the simple message that Jesus had given to this world in how to live happily and peacefully.  As we all know, He was crucified today on Good Friday and He resurrected on Sunday.  Apologies to all Christians if I am not using the right words here, but in a nutshell, this is what I understand of Easter.

Whilst we know what Christ demonstrated through these acts, question remains, what personal message can we take from crucifixion and resurrection? How can we live that message daily?

What do we need to crucify and what do we need to resurrect?

We need to crucify our judgments, worries, anger, sadness, guilt, shame etc., all the negative qualities that bog us down and make us suffer.

Jesus demonstrated that we have infinite capacity to be compassionate and caring, that we are capable of forgiveness even as we are being wronged or badly done by, that we need not carry resentments.  Jesus demonstrated  that we are LOVE first and foremost and that all the other qualities that we struggle with are only acquired and can be shed like a worn garment -as easy as that.

We need to resurrect the qualities of Love, Truth, Right Conduct, Peace and Non-Violence that are inherent in us.

So on this Holy Good Friday and Easter what can we do to adopt the message of Christ?

Here is what we do….

Every time we hear a judgement coming, we say PASS;

 Every time we get angry, scared or worried, we say PASS;

Every time we look at something or someone, we say LOVE;                        

Every time we catch ourselves drifting into past or future, we say NOW;                  

Every time our brow is knitted, we say  CHEESE  & SMILE!!!!

If we did that each time, every time without fail, what is left but Peace and happiness?

Wouldn’t you agree that these are 5 simple ways that anchor us to the present time ?

Well, all good things in life are simple, we make things unnecessarily complicated.

What do you say? Agree or disagree – would love to know.  Please leave a comment.

Until next time

With Love and Respect

Padma Ayyagari



About Padma Ayyagari

I am a Human Values Activist, passionate about and trying to live steeped in Spirituality. I live with the knowledge that Love is the undercurrent of all human life. I believe in Unity of Faiths, Unity in diversity and try and live my life with unity in thought, word and deed. Helping others to lead a life of practical spirituality that will give peace of mind is my passion and life purpose.
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2 Responses to 5 Simple Ways To Be Happy

  1. hali says:

    love these tips, Padma. They’re so good. 🙂


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