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Now, a book on how to be happy

books Updated: Jun 15, 2011 13:12 IST

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In a world full of gloomy, work stressed people, all that's needed is a mantra for being happy at work. Dr Rekha Shetty, Ph.D, founder of Mindspower brand and managing director of Farstar Distribution Network Ltd, recently launched her book The Happiness Quotient' - a book which gives a clear vision on how to avoid anti-happiness traps.

According to the author, the secret to success lies in the 10 mantras:

1: Each new day holds out a chance to create a whole new beginning, a sparkling new field of possibilities.

2: The ecology, the geography of your inner mindspace, is in your hands.

3: 'Swayambhu' is a word that describes happiness welling out of you, like an underground stream in the mountains.

4: Focus on Stress and unhappiness should be turned upside down. Instead of attacking unhappiness, we should plant a garden of happiness, by welcoming the positive emotions into our lives - love, compassion, wonder, courage, laughter and peace.

5: Focusing on our unhappiness by attacking it only helps to magnetize more power and attention to the negative person, event or object that causes it. Hence focus on cultivating happy people and avoid toxic people.

6: When the garden is clean and blooming and full of life, the snakes of anger have no place to hide; the thorns of greed get cleared away. When the clutter of old hatreds is replaced by order, the flowers of friendship bloom. The scorpions of revenge and jealousy slither away and the butterflies of laughter return to celebrate the flowers.

7:  Too much television is 'Tele-visham' - (Tele poison). Too much stimulation, a mindspace crowded by fantasy people and events, distracts you from focusing on your own mindspace, your home, your backyard.

8:  Some days we seem to live a fantasy life dominated by day dreams, while reality tugs at our heartstrings for attention, like a neglected child. Take care of what is yours and enjoy it.

9:  Let the cells of your body be gently bathed in happiness, positive thoughts and healing energies.

10: 'Physical fitness is the most important thing in life. The capacity to attain perfection of mind and soul depends on your physical health. Take care of yourself as no one else can do it for you.'