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7 Steps to Happiness

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1. Make Your Smile CheaperIs being stressed a sign of prosperity, growth, or dignity? Do you give anger freely and smile rarely—as though a smile is costly? In ignorance, anger is cheap and smiling is costly. In knowledge, a smile is free like the sun, air, and water and anger is extremely expensive, like a diamond. Make your smile cheaper and anger expensive! You are here for a greater cause. Just remember that. Take a challenge: “Come what may, I am going to smile today and be happy!” Smile more.2. Be Enthusiastic and Praise OthersTake every opportunity to praise others and support their enthusiasm. How would you like to see yourself? Happy and bubbling with enthusiasm or dull and difficult to please? Often, you like to be pleased, appeased, and cajoled. So you put up a tough, upset face and act difficult to please. If a person has to appease and please 10 people all the time, it will be so tiring. People who keep a long face and expect others to cajole and appease them make others run away. Lovers often do this. They expend a lot of energy in cajoling, and this brings down the joy and celebration of …

Adapted from 25 Ways to Improve Your Life by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.


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