by Insha Rasool
On the occasion of World Happiness Day 2023, let us take a moment to admire and applaud the extraordinary efforts made by Ph.D. scholars in upholding the timeless virtues of mindfulness, gratitude, and kindness, despite the myriad challenges that they encounter in their academic pursuits. Ph.D. scholars often find themselves working tirelessly for extended periods, facing daunting academic pressures, and juggling numerous responsibilities simultaneously. Yet, they remain steadfast in their resolve to prioritize their mental and emotional well-being by embracing mindfulness techniques like meditation and yoga. By taking brief respites from their research work to indulge in contemplation and mindfulness exercises, they’re able to effectively reduce stress and significantly enhance their overall sense of well-being.
Expressing gratitude, in various forms, is another key aspect that is religiously practiced by Ph.D. scholars. They continuously display deep appreciation for the contributions made by their advisors, colleagues, and support networks. They acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of others to their research, and show profound gratitude for the resources and opportunities that are available to them.
In addition to their own well-being, Ph.D. scholars also make significant efforts to demonstrate kindness and support toward others within the academic community. They offer feedback and encouragement, share valuable research resources, and wholeheartedly engage in community outreach projects.
As we celebrate World Happiness Day 2023, let us take a moment to bask in the glory of the exemplary efforts made by Ph.D. scholars in nurturing mindfulness, gratitude, and kindness amidst the many challenges they face. Their unwavering commitment to these principles not only benefits their own personal growth but also creates a positive, harmonious, and supportive academic environment that is truly uplifting for all those around them.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue those counts.” – Winston Churchill.
This quote perfectly captures the essence of the Ph.D. journey, which is marked by both successes and failures. What truly matters is the courage and perseverance to continue in the face of challenges and obstacles. May all Ph.D. scholars be inspired by these words as they navigate their academic journey toward success and fulfillment.
About the Author:
Insha Rasool, is a research scholar, in the school of education and behavioural science, University of Kashmir