The Arabic word اَبَشُّكُمَا is a derivative of the root word ạl Basẖ. The root word ạl Basẖ means to approach someone amiably with joy and laughter. In Arabic lexicon the noun al Basẖạsẖaẗ, another derivative of ạl Basẖ refers to different shades of meaning, where all the shades succinctly express the emotion of happiness. Al Basẖạsẖaẗ is when someone meets someone with a pleasant countenance radiating expressions of joy and a smile. Moreover, al Basẖạsẖaẗ is also asking someone something with utmost decency. In a nutshell, Al Basẖạsẖaẗ with the shades of meaning it cast are all explicit expressions of one being in a state of happiness.
Empirical evidence and scientific research shows us how beneficial smiling and happiness can be for us both psychologically and physically.
Achieving happiness was not merely the result of luck or chance. Psychologists have continued to try and define happiness.
According to psychology, happiness is about more than simply the experience of a positive mood. In order to describe happiness, psychologists commonly refer to subjective well being . In other words, happiness is “people’s evaluations of their lives and encompasses both cognitive judgments of satisfaction and EFFECTIVE appraisals of moods and emotions”.(KESEBIR & DIENER, 2008)
From a physiological perspective, it is observed that smiling, an explicit and common expression of happiness, activates the release of neuropeptides that work toward fighting off stress. Neuropeptides are tiny molecules that allow neurons to communicate. They facilitate messaging to the whole body when we are happy, sad, angry, depressed, or excited. The feel-good neurotransmitters—dopamine, endorphins and serotonin—are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well.
From ancient times happiness has been sought after by people and its subjective and conceptual nature makes it very difficult to comprehend and define. One of the most profound philosophers Aristotle pioneered in defining happiness as the highest human good and the only human good desired for its self with his concept of ‘Eudaimonia’
Al Muqaddas Ameer al Jamea Sayyedi Yusuf bs Najmuddin QR in his Philosophical Discourse states:
In the Fatimi view happiness is relative; it does not properly apply to the physical state of good feeling and well-being normally experienced. Neither does it cover joy and contentment arising out of the satisfaction of human desires. In the eyes of Fatimi philosophers such a state is an illusion.
Happiness merely is equated to the freedom from wants and ills. The real state of happiness is achieved, when man uses the vicissitudes of life as stepping stones towards the realization of the ultimate goal in evolution. The latter is possible when Aql-e-Saleem rules and commands.
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