The Happiness Centre, Africa’s holistic health and wellness centre, has advised Nigerians to embrace alternative medicine in guaranteeing their well-being as the world celebrated the 2022 International Day of Happiness this weekend.

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During an event in Lagos to commemorate the International Day of Happiness, the centre’s Managing Director, Mr Akshay Jain, stated that breathing and meditation techniques go a far way in ensuring mental calm.
To demonstrate his argument, he led the audience through a breathing exercise. He said that stress impacts one’s state of mind because when one is furious, one breathes rapidly, whereas when one is joyful, one breathes slowly. “ Anger is stress brought on by the past, whereas fear is stress brought on by the future.

He stated that the Centre was an arm of the Art of Living Foundation, an international non-governmental organization that was fully equipped with sophisticated and world-class infrastructure in a quiet and calm setting.

He said that since the centre opened in November 2021, 90 percent of its customers have been Nigerians, demonstrating that it is not just for expatriates, but for everyone, and that it uses alternative medicine, herbal remedies, yoga, breath-work, and meditation to help people achieve physical, emotional, and mental balance.

“As part of its mission to make the achievement of SDG 3(Good Health and Wellbeing), it provides customised rejuvenating and therapeutic treatments by experienced Ayurveda practitioners and a team of well-trained panchakarma therapists, osteopaths, physiotherapists, and Yoga experts, and it encourages a calm, focused, and blissful state of mind along with a healthy body, which will help an individual rest, rejuvenate, and immerse in the holistic environment of health

The Happiness Ambassadors were inducted as the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwoolu; Mr Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, professionally known as Ali Baba; Prof Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health; and an influential writer and author, Mr Joseph Edgar, who presented the center’s health packages.

According to Akshay, “they chose to select some high-profile persons as “Happiness Ambassadors” because of the smiles they had brought through their various industries’ impacts.”

“On days like today, when we have to honor International Happiness Day, they will be the frontline of happiness and represent our brand.”

Francisca Ukabiala, the Centre’s General Manager, echoed his sentiments, saying that the Centre was well-timed for a city like Lagos. “We’re saying that happiness is all around us; it’s in the energy that keeps the city moving, and it’s most crucially in the haven we’ve built to ensure that people have more positive energy once they step through our doors and experience unique wellness services.”

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the institute’s founder, stated that the center was established to harness the power of alternative medicine. “The Happiness Centre recognizes that the daily juggle of balancing work, familial, and other social demands drains an individual and takes a heavy toll on his or her physical and mental health, so the center offers a stress relief program that helps an individual relax, rejuvenate, and improve vitality through a variety of practices.”

The Honourable Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, spoke at the ceremony and stated that his Ministry will collaborate with The Happiness Centre to host the World Cultural Day as part of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The highlight of the evening was a health package raffle draw, which yielded three winners and five consolation prizes. Reflexology, Malma, and other relaxation packages are among the awards.

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