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  • Writer's pictureAshok Kumar Burra


Updated: Feb 5

By B.E.Sampath Kumar, Sri Ramachandrji Seva Trust, Kadapa.

Peace of mind is a mental state of calmness or tranquility, and freedom from worry and anxiety.  The desire of every human being and the goal of every prayer is peace of mind. It is a beautiful gift, which only we can give to ourselves just by expecting nothing from anyone. There is no real wealth in this world than peace of mind.   

A happy life is all about the art of balancing our relationship with all the family members,  relatives, and friends. It can only be found if we can free ourselves of all other distractions. For every minute of being angry, we lose the same amount of happiness in our life.  It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, kindness, and gratitude. It will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. We won’t get real happiness from what we get, but it comes from what we give to others and other living beings.  Feeling some positive emotions every day has a big effect on our happiness and well-being.  We feel happy  while playing with  children or with pets or  participating in cultural programs, feeding poor people, etc.,     


To bring peace and happiness into our lives we need to make some inner changes and remove negative influences from our life. Wealth, material possessions, and fame might bring temporary happiness and inner peace, but true happiness and inner peace come from within us. A positive attitude makes us feel light, happy and peaceful. We must be careful about the negative thoughts which try to rule our mind.

Now the question is how to lead a happy and peaceful life without worries? As per medical science, the deciding factors of Happiness in people are four hormones. They are Endorphin, Dopamine, Serotonin and Oxytocin.

Endorphins are released in our body when we do exercises. They give tolerance to bear the pain while doing exercises so that we feel happy. By laughing also the endorphins will release to a big extent. That is why our elders included laughing in Yoga as one of the exercises.  Laughing is a visual expression of joy and happiness and no laughing is a disease. So do exercises daily for 30 minutes,  laugh loudly by reading good jokes and by seeing funny videos.

The hormone Dopamine motivates us to take action towards goals and desires and give pleasure when achieving them.  If you acquire a degree in a subject you like, or when your boss praises your work in the office,  the dopamine level in your body increases. If you praise your wife for her cooking, or her dress or her beauty,  the dopamine level in your wife will be increased.  Likewise when you purchase a new motorcycle or a  new ornament for your life partner, or when you go shopping and purchase something for your loved ones, your dopamine level will be increased.  So friends try to raise your shopping budget or learn to praise your friends and relatives for that there will be no expenditure.  Ladies can praise their husbands for so many reasons, for which the level of dopamine increases so that they gain much from their husbands. 

If we lead a stress-free life, we feel happy and  Serotonin levels will be increased in our bodies. Serotonin level will be increased when you help others or by donating some money or any articles to orphanages or old age homes or feeding birds and animals. To be happy and make others happy we can go to the houses of our friends/relatives for spending some time with them happily.   But remember that we are not going to their houses for inquiring what new articles they purchased and feel jealous.  By Planting trees, donating blood, doing voluntary service in temples, organizing and participating in cultural programs,  posting good and useful matters on Facebook/whats App, and helping others we spend our time for good reasons, so the dopamine level in our body increases.

Oxytocin levels will be increased when we hug others. This generally happens on newly married days. When we hug our friends or other loved ones,  the oxytocin level will not only increase in us but also in the person whom we hug.  Remember the moments when you hug first time your life partner or touch your newborn child. The dose will be more in lovers.  When we shake hands with Cine Actors or Political Leaders, we feel it great because of the release of oxytocin level in us.  If we have real  friends and share our happiness or problems with them, the mind becomes free due to increase of this hormone.

Inner peace is closely related to happiness. Happiness does not come from attaining luxuries.  It comes from attaining inner peace. Dedicating some time every day to practice mindfulness meditation is a definite route to increase inner peace and happiness. Being grateful for all that you have in life is one way to achieve inner peace and happiness. Chanting mantras or doing meditation every day under the guidance of a Sadguru will enhance one’s inner peace and happiness. 

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