Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A to Z of Happiness: E - Explore #atozchallenge @AprilA2Z

Have you ever noticed? Kids are always so much happier than adults! What is the one big difference between kids and grown-ups? Kids love to explore. They are constantly exposing themselves to new things and new experiences. Grown-ups, on the other hand, like to stick with the tried and tested, the familiar, the comfortable, the well-beaten path.



In order to be truly happy and to enjoy life, we need to be like kids. We need to let out our adventurous side. We need to allow ourselves to stray away from the beaten path and try something new every once in a while. Here are a few things we should be open to exploring.


Four Things We Should Be Ready To Explore


Explore New Ideas

The world is a huge place with so much to offer. Most of the time, we don't bother to look beyond the obvious. We never bother to scratch below the surface. "Think out of the box". We've heard it so many times, but how many people actually DO think out of the box? At the risk of sounding stale, I'm going to refer to M. S. Dhoni again. During tough situations in a match, he pulls out fresh ideas like rabbits out of his magic hat, e.g., bringing Virat Kohli out to bowl! There is an ocean full of ideas, and all we need to do is go fishing!

Explore New Opportunities

When I was hired as a Technical Support Executive for Dell, I had no prior experience or training of computer hardware. I only knew of software installation and computer programming. I decided to explore the opportunity that had presented itself before me, and I discovered later that I was good at the job. I opened my store also without any prior business experience, and I would say I'm doing pretty okay at it, considering the fact that about half a dozen other businesses, that opened in my neighborhood around that time, have either shut down or relocated. Life presents strange opportunities to us at times. It is up to us whether we give them a try or not.

Explore New Methods

Have you ever left a baby with food? He'll stare at it, poke it, drop it, smash it, play ball with it, stuff it under the sofa cushions, and rub it in his hair. He'll do everything with it and... maybe... even eat it! I'm not suggesting you do the same, but there can be more than one ways of doing things. There's actually a book on 365 Ways To Cook Eggs! (Check it out on amazon.com or amazon.in.) We may have been doing something a particular way throughout our life. That doesn't mean that we cannot try any other way. One approach may not work, but the next one just might. Remember those maze puzzles we solved as kids? No need to despair without trying a new method.

Explore New Perspectives

We usually tend to go by first impressions, whether we're dealing with situations in life or people. We look at something, read the first interpretation that comes to our mind, and hold it as the truth. Rarely do we stop to look at it from a different angle or viewpoint. But we forget: even a dice has six different faces. Life and people are so much more multi-dimensional and multi-faceted than a dice. So just pause to look at your problems and worries from a different perspective. (Recommended reading: Live Life: Find A New Perspective) You might realize they're actually blessings in disguise.


It is easy to fall into our comfort zone and remain there, but life gets stagnant there after a while, and it becomes difficult to find happiness in the same old day-to-day routine of doing things. Opening ourselves to newer experiences brings an element of freshness in our life and infuses it with renewed joy and vigor. It also brings a sense of achievement at having tried something new, which leaves us feeling more positive.

How do you add the element of newness in your life? Do you like to explore new ideas and opportunities? Or do you like to stick with the old and comfortable?


This is my fifth post for 2016 AprilAtoZ. (I'm doing it bi-weekly instead of daily, because of health issues, time constraints and internet connectivity woes. So yeah, I'll finish sometime in June!)
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Happiness: D - Disregard.
What is April A to Z?
My kindle eBook on A to Z of Blogging: Take Your Blog To the Next Level.


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24 comments:

bellybytes said...

I always wondered how teenage boys particularly knew everything about computers and realised that they knew nothing. They were just willing to explore .

Sunila Vig said...

Beautifully crafted post Chicky and not to worry I read it slowly and surely too. Interesting that I am teetering on the edge of taking a plunge into doing something all by myself and let us see if reading thru helped :)

http://www.sunilavigauthor.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/karna-for-k-for-a-to-z-challenge.html

Rajlakshmi said...

I absolutely loved your example of baby poking the food. Indeed just because we are told and taught something doesn't mean that's the only way. And again, kudos to you for owning your own store :)

A Whimsical Medley
Twinkle Eyed Traveller

Kala Ravi said...

How true is that! We never realize when that sense of exploration, the childish curiosity and the amazement of a discovery leaves us. Life, responsibilities, chores and more leave us with little time for that....call it a matter of priorities. Good pointers from you on how to add newness to one's life. But 365 ways of cooking eggs...whew wonder who compiled that! Cheers ;)
@KalaRavi16 from
Relax-N-Rave

G Angela David said...

This post was for me dear; this year I declared the word for me would be "Explore" agree with you. I have become very comfortable and have stopped exploring... thanks for encouraging me to keep moving on.. I have begun well, bought a couple of books to read this year; explored eating something that I did not do before.. always preferred south Indian dishes, just yesterday I broke rule and ate lunch at sub way, first time that too all by myself and I would like to continue exploring this whole year on travel,lifestyle, academics and also play..thanks for inspiring, it was so nice to read your post.. loved the quote:)

Ls said...

So true. Thankfully, in my job, I hv to pick up new stuff everyday. And my boys keep me on my feet.

the little princess said...

yep...as we grow we try to stick to the beaten path for fear of being ridiculed and failing. I guess the child in us has to come out if we truly need to be happy.

Geets said...

And you this adventurous soul in me never lets me be at rest! There is constantly something or the other going on in my head that I want to try and things that I'm missing out in life and stuff that I can really do but am not doing!

It sometimes kill my inner peace of mind. But yes, having some adventure in life is surely important.

Cheers
Geets

Chicky Kadambari said...

LOL! Bellybytes, teenage boys know everything about everything! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

What is it, Sunila? What are you venturing on your own? Please tell! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

Exactly, Raji! It's not the only way!
Thank you, dear! :)

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Kala, that must have been someone who just loves to explore! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

That is truly wonderful, G angela! We must all keep our inner child alive by taking on new things. I wish you all the best for your journey of discoveries this year! Hugs! :D

Chicky Kadambari said...

That's good, LS. We must keep learning as long as we live.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Princess - the child within has to come out and live if we want to be truly happy. And for that child, fear of failure is not an option!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Hahaha! Geets, you're at the other end of the spectrum then? :D

Claire Annette said...

This is a great post - exploring makes life a grand adventure!

Tracy S said...

Right now I am trying to explore new ideas and new perspectives. It is hard sometimes to remember to step back so that you can see more, but always rewarding when I do :)

Tracy (Black Boots, Long Legs)

Shilpa Garg said...

It is actually our comfort zone that prevents us from exploring more in life. We should strive to enlarge our comfort zone and it should be a frequent process. I'd like to cook eggs in 365 ways!

Mars said...

Explore is one of my favourite things to do! I hope life is a little less crazy for you now, thanks for popping by during the A to Z, it was nice to "meet" you.

Mars xx
@TrollbeadBlog from
Curling Stones for Lego People

Chicky Kadambari said...

Thanks Claire! It sure does!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Tracy... it's all about perspective, isn't it?

Chicky Kadambari said...

Oh yes, Shilpa. We could achieve so much more in life if we dared to step outside our comfort zone.

Chicky Kadambari said...

Same here, Mars. Thanks for dropping by! :)

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