Good Morning!! Today is the beginning of new year in many parts of India. I was about to drop a message for new year. Traditionally the fix phrase is the only to express new gear’s greeting -“Happy New Year” But suddenly, a question came into my mind – what is happiness and how it can be cherished? Somebody had sometime told me that Character is main component of happiness. But my heart and mind are not ready to accept it. As per my experience character is important but it is not and cannot be the only component of happiness. There are also: approaches to thinking, (Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet” tells us that “Nothing is good or bad as thinking makes it so,”), learned skills in concentration, fundamental beliefs, personal values and specific actions that detract from or add to contentment and well-being. But character is still the essential component. Why Character Matters ? Who we are makes a difference. The way we treat others matters. The decency or indecency that fills our hearts and minds matters. Our values as expressions of what we believe and how we live our lives really does make a difference to our happiness. The traits we’ve developed over time is of no little consequence to how we feel about who we are. When we look in the mirror, it’s often our character (or lack thereof) that speaks the loudest. But not all character traits are created equal, at least not insofar as happiness is concerned. Following, then, are those traits I’m convinced will have the greatest impact on your happiness: 1. Courage Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absemce of fear!! 2. Patience Patience iswaiting, not passively waiting. That is Laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience! 3.Gratitude Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy. 4. Love Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only Love can do that! 5. Forgiveness To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness. Try these 5 traits and see how the coming year goes. I am sure, in true senses, It would be a Happy New Year!!