The sight of my little nephew flashing his cute smile melts my heart. Tiny birds chirping on my window pane, the sound of rain lashing on the roof, butterflies hovering around flowers – happiness is abundant in this world.
Happiness hides itself in innumerable forms in the seemingly mundane things in life. The seemingly taxing drive from home to work and back can be enjoyable if one switches on soothing music while using the power of the mind to conjure happy images. Our state of mind is something we can deliberately control by playing up positive events and downplaying negative ones. The law of attraction says that the universe does not know whether we are actually living everything we are focusing on or are simply imagining them. Whatever we give our attention to, the universe brings more of it into our experience. When there is a loving, benevolent universe at our disposal, why not cash in on it to bring the best of everything into our lives?
Modern lifestyle with its high velocity, super fast mobility and high speed connectivity can be extremely stressful. Add to that an enormously demanding corporate job and you are done for. Juggling between work, home and social life becomes mission impossible. The rat race to success, money, fame and power is something we are all a part of. The question is, are we paying too big a price?
An anonymous quote says, ‘You weren’t born to just pay bills and die.’ That’s exactly the lesson we all need to take home. Work is just one part of our life, just like our family is. If work is creating a level of pressure because of which we forego our loved ones and relationships that matter to us, some major rethinking needs to be done. Having professional targets and achieving them is great but not at the cost of giving up on people we love. Let’s pause for a moment and think – isn’t happiness the ultimate goal we are striving for?
Happiness is a state of mind. It is an inside job. A cup of coffee can be a source of joy. So can be an inspiring book. It’s perfectly fine to give yourself a break and contemplate on the things you have missed out on. Take that holiday that you have been meaning to. Spend time with your children. They grow up too soon. See an old friend you haven’t been in touch with. Dance your heart out like no one’s watching. It’s the little things in life that bring us more delight than a pay check or a promotion ever will. In everything that you do, give happiness a chance.
By Sampurnaa Dutta