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A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Sunday, March 18, 2012

TIME = MONEY; HAPPINESS = ZERO


Ever since I decided to write on daily basis to improve my writing skills, I search for triggers to ignite my mind. One such trigger recently came from the heading of a small article in a news magazine which I adopted as a title to this article.

In fact, happiness is the underlying thread in any activity we undertake in this world . Instead of finding true centre of happiness, we ceaselessly slaughter the world for our own pie.

The true wisdom lies in enjoying with our own being without encroaching into other's space. It is what Henry David Thoreau did when he left for Walden bank (United States) to live alone. He wrote about all his experiences in an epic book
"Walden" which is a masterpiece for self-transformation. The chapter on 'Solitude' is one of the best inspiring pieces of his literature. When asked why he went to Walden bank to live alone, he contended that : "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front , only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. "

The paradigm of happiness has now undergone a tectonic shift  and people  grab material possessions so ruthlessly which brink them to lead only shallow lives. Those who value time with money have neglected their relations and by the time they start realizing, it is too late for them as considerable damage already happens in their lives.

The work alcoholics who treat time as money should be more cautious. The new research published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology shows that the more one treats time in terms of money, the more one loses the ability to 'experience' time and everyday happiness.

A latest survey put India ahead of so many advanced countries in terms of happiness. India ranks Number 2 with 43% 'Very Happy people' out of 24 countries in a survey conducted in February, 2012 by a French marketing company Ipsos. Indonesia tops the list at 57 %. It is time for others to learn something from us and it is happy going for India at this moment !!

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