Happiness comes from one’s attitude towards the outside world
as well as the various experiences in life. Indeed, one can be
happy in penury and unhappy even when bestowed with all the
worldly goods. Similarly, a sick person can achieve happiness by
cultivating a positive attitude while a person enjoying robust
health may be unhappy because he suffers from pessimism. Thus,
happiness is a cultivated trait.
Mand has attempted
to unfold the secret of happiness. One may find this book
interesting, especially the chapters like How is an Attitude
Made; Cultivating Happiness and How to Perpetuate
Happiness? However, proofreading leaves quite a bit to be
desired. For example, on page 100, the chapter title has the
word ‘Polititive’ instead of ‘Positive’.
Right Foot Forward
by DishaM. Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi. Rs 150.
courses attract candidates in droves, and no wonder. We are
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management high-flyers often fall victims to confusion
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Some go to the mushrooming coaching institutes while others hire
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ones? How to get admission into these B-schools? And, what are
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The volume under
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by Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury. Fusion Books, New Delhi. Pages
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Here is another
theory on attitude. Our brain categorises experiences into pain
and pleasure. This categorisation is the result of our beliefs
or attitude towards events in life. Such generalisation, says
the author, acts as a limiting factor on our growth as
individuals. Despair resulting from failure makes a person look
upon himself as an incompetent person. Often these negative
thoughts prevent him from performing to his full potential and
thus become self-fulfilling prophecies. The only way to avert
these is to turn failures into lessons for future achievements.
After Edison’s 10,000 experiments to invent the light bulb
failed he was asked how he felt. He reportedly replied that he
learnt of 10,000 ways of not inventing a light bulb!
achievements come easy to a person, while some others are
difficult and still others impossible. However, there are
persons for whom nothing is possible and then again there are
others who feel that nothing is impossible to achieve. Between
these two extremes there are varying degrees of attitude towards
attainable goals. Why does this happen? Is it because some
people are more capable than others are, or is it a matter of
that the answer lies in the brain. Some people tap their full
potential to become successful while others may not even be
aware of the possibilities that one’s intellect promises. One
needs to break barriers in the mind and turn the impossible into
possible, thus transforming one’s life for the better. After
all, there was a time when it was considered impossible to run a
mile under four minutes. Undaunted by such a universal mindset
Roger Bannister ran the distance in 3.59 minutes! Positive
thoughts can achieve a lot indeed.
This volume is an
addition to the proliferating self-improvement literature.