Let’s Talk Happiness – Part 1

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This is the first part of the two-part series on ‘Happiness’. The second part will come next week. That said, let’s begin this week’s edition.

Happiness in itself has been a long-standing quest of humanity. Scholars, philosophers, and thinkers have spent their lives searching for the true meaning of happiness.

So how does a small-time blogger like me qualify to talk about happiness? Well, I don’t.

But happiness is a vast topic. There are numerous aspects of it and an uncountable number of ways of achieving it. As per verywellmind.com, there are 7 types of happiness namely joy, excitement, gratitude, pride, optimism, contentment, and love.

Today, we are going to talk about contentment happiness. The kind of happiness that comes by being more accepting of your current realities. This is the kind of happiness that is a byproduct of being focused on a bigger goal, a bigger purpose.

Let me share a personal anecdote.

So, a few months back, I went to an orphanage with a few of my family members. Even though it’s not too far from my home, it was my first visit to an orphanage.

And I don’t know how are orphanages run around the country, but this one was really well-run. The people in charge of this orphanage were honest and diligent.

They told us how they wake up really early in the morning each day so that they can prepare food for these kids. Then, they wake up the kids, serve them their breakfast, and then also perform their roles as teachers by taking their classes as part of the in-house teaching staff.

It was clearly evident that their job was not only extremely demanding but also less-paying. Yet despite all that, I never got the feeling that they didn’t like their jobs.

On the contrary, they seemed to love it. They seemed content with what they were doing at the orphanage, as if taking care of the kids was a source of happiness for them.

Their purpose of doing something for the orphanage kids was much bigger than the inconveniences they were facing. They looked content in what they were doing and that in turn was fueling their happiness.

This small incident made me reflect on my own life. It made me realize how frivolous our own issues are.

Those of us working in the corporate sector live in a bubble of our own. We are always complaining about our jobs, our salaries, and our colleagues. But this interaction with the orphanage administrators was an eye-opener for me.

This is how privileged we are:

  • We work in large and shiny buildings, in the comfort of our AC offices. But they (the orphanage administrators) work in small, old building structures, where there are not even fans at times.

  • We have a fixed number of hours to work each day. But they start as soon as they wake up and keep working until they sleep.

  • We start complaining as soon as we are asked to extend our working hours or to work on weekends. But they, at times, even sacrifice their personal lives so that they can take care of the kids.

  • We have our tea breaks, our lunch breaks, our office retreats, and whatnot. But they don’t.

  • We get timely salaries and get paid a comparatively good amount of money. But they rely on donations and public funds for their salaries.

  • And last but not the least, we are always stressed and unhappy. But they, on the other hand, ARE CONTENT AND HAPPY.

Now I didn’t write this post to criticize corporates or to make you hate your jobs. My only objective was to give you a perspective.

And having a perspective can massively change your life. When you look outside your bubble, you develop a sense of humility and gratitude towards your own circumstances.

Moreover, this perspective could help you seek a purpose in life. When you’ll find a purpose greater than your own self, you’ll find contentment in your life. This will eventually lead you on the path of happiness.

So, this was the first part of our discussion on happiness. We’ll continue this conversation next week in Part 2 of this series on ‘Happiness’.

The Good Word

As you might know, the ‘Good Word’ is a series showcasing my favorite quotes.

So, here is this week’s Good Word:

“Instead of focusing on racking up golden stars (whether that’s in the form of fans, fortune, or fame), focus on becoming the person you want to be, a person you can be proud of, who feels his/her intrinsic worth and does not need externals to complete him/herself.”

– Sarah Cy

VyasSpeaks Featured Post

This week’s featured post is about how creativity is a form of divinity.

Read the post by clicking the link or image below.

Creativity is divinity expressing itself

That’s all for this week. I’ll see you next Sunday.

Stay safe and take care.

With love,
Shikhil Vyas

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