Analysis Of My Success Metric For Happiness Mirrors

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My Success Metric For Happiness Mirrors What Abraham Lincoln Respected Most. What Is Yours?

In this series, professionals describe what numbers govern their happiness. Write your own #MyMetric post here.

“Let us make up our own game,” I shared with my 7-year-old. She was as animated and excited as I was.

The tiles on the floor gave me an idea. The game (see picture below) - speak aloud a positive word and jump forward. Words poured –good, excellent, fabulous, delighted and more. As we crossed each other, we turned 180 degree and continued by jumping backwards facing each other. We played the game, back and forth, for couple of rounds. Soon, positive words were in short supply and so, we switched to “something that makes you happy.”
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They are like dialogues in Mani Ratnam’s (a very renowned director in India with one of Time 's All-Time 100 Movies to his name) movies– short, unexpected response that bring in a chuckle about human relationships.

What is the science connection?

I researched what was common between the positive words, chuckle words and picture words. It was dopamine. The “buzz” substance that is released by the almond shaped grey matter in our temporal lobe - amygdala of our brain. Yes, the same reward areas of the brain that are trigged artificially by drugs and gambling.

Bringing it all together: My Metric for Happiness and Success

What better measure of success than the art of being useful in pleasant ways possible? I am in the pursuit of Dopamine release in natural, legal ways through the charm of learning from others.

One number that governs my happiness is the world of words around me - words that evoke positive triggers, string of words that rake up my curiosity quotient – words mouthed by the people I surround myself with – to learn, to explore and to create poetry that calms my mind to greater

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