-By Amit Mehta
We all know that we measure different things in different units. For example, electricity in volts, air pressure in psi, blood pressure in millimetres of mercury’ (mmHg). Among the more common ones, let us take the example of blood pressure. How many of us know that the units to measure blood pressure is millimetres of mercury’ (mmHg). At least I did’t know that before I found out for the purpose of writing here. But the point is we all know that the normal blood pressure is 120 /80. This means the understanding of the concept has become so obvious that we don’t even need to know the units in which it is measured.
Coming back to measuring happiness, I don’t know whether anyone has ever tried to do that in terms of units, but what I do know of is that it is very much measurable and we can also feel our levels of happiness going up and down. But, do we take it as seriously as the fluctuation in the blood pressure. Clearly No, presumably because the doctor would rarely tell you about that and anything that is beyond the objective parameters of evaluation is little understood. To illustrate this point, let us take an example.
When we drive on the road, needless to say in the maddening traffic with quite a few violating the traffic rules, the autowalah coming from the wrong side, a two wheeler stopping in the middle of the road for no reason and so on, the infuriating examples are endless. Coming to the point, you would have noticed that some people get really infuriated with all that chaos and loose their temper. Invariably, these people have low energy levels (not referring to physical strength here). Some people who are generally calm but occasionally over-react, have reduced energy levels on such occasions. This could be either because something is troubling them at that moment or they are physically not in the pink of health.
The good news is that it is possible to maintain high energy levels for a long time on a continuous basis with continuous training of the mind so that the energy drawing thoughts do not play havoc in one’s life. I would, however, concede that it may not be possible to maintain high energy levels at all times and under all circumstances, but a trained mind would certainly act as a shock-absorber under difficult situations.
By now you would have understood that high energy levels, which you now know how to measure, leads to greater happiness. Interestingly, the converse is also true i.e. if you are happy, your energy levels would also be high. Therefore, train yourself to be unconditionally happy.
About the author: Amit is a Partner in Seth Dua and Associates. Describing himself, Amit says, “I am a writer, I love my life and want to make my life happy by spreading