Jyotirmaya Thakur

Published on 5 May 2024 at 07:36

1. What inspired you to write this book?

The Journals that preceded this book were all due to the influence of reading biographies and quotes of inspirational gurus and successful people in their fields. From the classic philosophers likeSocrates, Aristotle etc.; to the successful business men who build empires from the scratch. The books and speeches of such inspirational people from all fields of life are consolidated in this book in short with their profound message for a happy life


2. How long did it take you to write it?

It is a book of more than decades of reading, but to put it together it took me around five years of continuous effort and editing before publishing it. As the book contains mostly the essence of the great kings,queens, philosophers and businessmagnates’ quotes, messages and speechesI have expanded the meaning in simple language to integrate it in our lives.


3. What message do you want to convey to your readers?

The Science Of Happiness: That happiness is a habit, an attitude that can be cultivated in our lives. This is a book about rethinking Happiness in real terms. Happiness is an emotion; like all emotions, it’s created by the brain. The neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, also known as “feel-good” chemicals, play a significant role in making this emotion.  Therefore, activities that stimulate the production of these neurotransmitters can enhance our sense of well-being. Happiness isn’t about pleasure and entertainment; it’s not feeling good all the time. Thinking about how to bring more honesty, authenticity, supportiveness, recognition, compassion, love, generosity. and cooperativeness to your social relationships tends to increase happiness. In essence, science suggests that the path to happiness lies not in accumulating material possessions but in how we spend our money. Investing in experiences, helping others, freeing up our time, pursuing personal growth, caring for our health, and fostering relationships appear to provide the most happiness bang for our buck.


4. How did your academic experience influence you to write “Inspiration Journal”?

My long association with books of philosophy, classic writers and reading biographies of great men of centuries helped me in the quest of happiness. In modern times most people are lonely and hardly have time for themselves. Mental health is a very vital issue that has been accepted and needs attention for the welfare of human beings. Being a teacher in school I came across young students suffering from depression. For academic excellence one needs a happy mind and quest for knowledge which can only be learned from real life heroes.


5. Do you consider this book a useful companion to anyone who is seeking happiness?

I think so, as reading about the simple philosophy of happy people can give an insight to people how to lead their lives in various situations and meet challenges in life with a flair of happy attitude. No one's life is perfect but how you embrace it without fear is the key towards happiness. This book teaches to take one step at a time and also a simple way to tackle everyday routine as well as money management to ensure even the practical aspects of life.


6. Why would you recommend your book to readers?

The pursuit of happiness is the goal of all human beings. We all need peace and happiness in our lives. This book is a research project which helped me to find my ways to understand what in reality does happiness mean.

Only transcendence works, meaning that awareness must be placed at a deeper level than the active mind.

This level is self-healing, because here is where everything we rely upon, such as the physical body is organized. At the same time, the values that humans most cherish—love, compassion, truth, beauty, creativity, and inner growth—spring from here.

The qualities of awareness in question were not invented by the mind; therefore, they have a purity, stability, and permanence. Even deeper than this level of awareness, which has an individual flavour and is absorbed into each person differently, liespure, universal consciousness. This is the ultimate source of every physical or mental attribute not just in humans but in every living thing. They imply a path out of pain and suffering.



An interview with Jyotirmaya Thakur, taken by Irma Kurti

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