1. A STATE OF MIND
DOPOMINE IN BRAIN
2. Scientific studies have established that happiness is largely
determined by our genes. The husband and wife team of Dr.
Edward and Dr. Carol Denier both psychologists at University
of Illinois have published papers suggesting that
50 % of our happiness is a direct result of our
10 % as a result of wealth and good health !!!
and the remaining 40% as a result of our attitude,
upbringing, lifestyle, family bonding, friends and
groups, in short uncharted.
They have come to the conclusion after doing extensive
brain mapping by positron emission tomography scans, and
it has been proved that higher dopamine and left side brain
frontal activities, induce happiness and sense of well being.
Although no one is contending that DNA plays an important
part, the difference of opinion in the scientific community is
about the percentage.
ME . 0nly
10 % for
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3. SO NOW LET US TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE 50% PART OF HAPPINESS
WE HAVE NOT MUCH OF A ROLL TO PLAY
BUT UNDERSTANIG WILL SURELY HELP
THE TOOTHLESS SMILE ON SLIDE ONE IS DIRECT RESULT OF DNA
THAT MUCH UNDERSTOOD - EXCELLENT !
50 % of individual happiness comes from genetic set points. As humans we have
no control over our genetic set points, and hardly any control over our
So if our genetic set point is low – are we to for ever remain gloomy and sad ?
IN ISLAM it is so easy to achieve by simple logic
‘rida bi al – qadah’ (being content with our lot of life )
SO SIMPLE YET SO PROFOUND
TRUE HAPPINESS IS CONTENTMENT – IT IS AN INSIDE JOB
4. Building something of value within, rather than merely acquiring creature comforts is
the right path to Happiness.
In a recent article by BBC Correspondent Matthew Teller on Qatar , which is the richest
Nation in the world with average per capita income of $ 100,000 he tried to find out
HAS WEALTH MADE QATAR HAPPY ?
He found out that once an improvised but happy contended society is feeling the pressure
Of fast paced development.
40% of Qatari marriages now end in divorce. More than two thirds of adult and children
Are obese. The beautiful simplicity is for ever lost.
MONEY CAN’T BUY HAPPINESS BUT IT CAN MAKE
YOU AWFULLY COMFORTABLE WHILE YOU ARE
BEING MISERABLE - Clare Luce
6. The students were divided into 2 groups and were instructed to click 12 pictures of their
choice about Harvard. Both the group had to submit 2 of their best pictures.
One group was told that, out of the 2 pictures, they can keep their favorite for themselves,
and submit the other one for Class Project.
The other group was given an option to retain the best out of two, and submit the other
one, which they can exchange after five days, if they want.
Both the groups were closely monitored, and it was found that the group, which had not
been given the choice, were contended and happy, with the picture they had selected for
Where as those who had a choice, were killing themselves, debating over and over again.
A new group of students were registered for a new Photography Course, and given the two
options. SURPRISINGLY 66 % preferred to be in the group, which had the option to exchange
– to change their minds.
Research had proved that this 66 % will be the unhappy lot !
7. When our ambition is bounded, it leads us to work joyfully.
Whenever, our ambition is unbounded, it leads us to lie, to
cheat to steal, to hurt others, to sacrifice things of real value.
We have in us the capacity to overcome our situations, and
make ourselves happy, contended and satisfied.
When something bad happens, you have three choices.
You can let it define you.
Let it destroy you or
Let it strengthen you.
THE CHOICE IS YOURS