Fri 22 Jun 2012
People usually ask me for ways to be happy. However, what they fail to understand is that there is no fixed formula to derive happiness. By sketching down a plan to achieve happiness you are simply limiting your options of achieving it. While running after our dreams and meeting deadlines, we often forget what it feels like to be happy. Genuinely happy.
Little things go a long way. So the next time you are home after a long tiring day at work, don’t forget to have a small chat with your family before sleeping. Show them you care. Smile and thank the watchman for opening the door for you. Soak yourself in the thunderous rain without worrying about getting sick. Dance to your favorite numbers like there is no tomorrow. Laugh at silly jokes.
This is not a to-do list which you need to follow. It is a list which everyone experiences at some point, but only a few cherish it and accept it with open arms. Happiness lies in the unlikeliness of the situation. You just have to loosen yourself a bit. The minute you think of giving up, think of why you held it for so long.
Most importantly, don’t let old mistakes or thoughts get in your way of happiness. Holding grudges against anyone will not make you any happier. Just remember that for every minute you are angry, you are losing your sixty seconds of sheer happiness. It is rightly said by someone, “In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.” So don’t hesitate to be more than helpful to others. You might find yourself in a happier space.
Your road to happiness will be found when you live, not for the past or future, but for the present, for the moment. Stop looking for happiness and you will find it.