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Happiness- that very elusive emotion

Why is happiness so important?  Why can’t we go about our lives being unhappy? According to the World happiness report that I skimmed through, happiness indeed makes the world a better place to live in: it is beneficial to workplace success because it promotes workplace productivity, creativity and cooperation. Individuals who are happy are more likely to be healthy and will, in turn, be more productive. Also, happier individuals are said to integrate information better, leading to new ideas, creativity and innovation. According to the report, happiness also affects individual behaviour and decision-making, ranging from consumption to savings to risk-taking. Thus, happier individuals may be able to evaluate the implications of decisions better, resulting in greater self-control and appropriate risk taking. It has been found that happier people are likely to save more and consume less. Furthermore, happier people were more optimistic about the future, had higher perceived life expectancies, and were more forward-thinking leading to better decisions for themselves and society. Happier people were also found to be move giving, of their time and money.

If you are suitably convinced that being happy is a better and healthier life choice, go on, go forth and be happy.

– Focus on what you have, not what you don’t have;
– Be in the present, stay connected, allow friendships to grow and thrive;
– Enjoy experiences more than material things, pursue hobbies, get involved in voluntary activities, give of your time and money;
– Strive to be less of a ‘controlling tiger mother’ and allow your kids to make a career out of their passions;

Don’t worry, be happy!


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Renuka Vaidyanathan, an erstwhile finance professional, opted out of the corporate rat race and now likes to think that she wears many interesting hats. She is an events’ organiser in the cultural space and also writes every now and then about people, places and events. She is an avid advocate of 'green living' and dabbles in some sitar-playing as well, albeit as an amateur.

3 thoughts on “Happiness- that very elusive emotion

  1. Sukanya Badri

    From my various interactions with Danes, I believe they are less complicated and more simple and direct in nature. When dealing with them, expectations are clearly set, and all you have to do is meet them and you are on! No need to go beyond your brief all the time, no need to throw in a superlative performance – just the basic commitment will do on the average, but on time and well done for sure. I believe this approach to life makes them easily satisfied and therefore happy and content. Living in a society that is well-supported by the Government is a contributory factor – but we cannot forget the insanely high taxation rate and the cost of living that also accompany this degree of comfort. Besides, the living conditions there are tough e.g. the weather that is, at best, cool for a few weeks in a year and horridly chilly and cold for most parts. Danes like to enjoy life whenever the chance arises – take frequent vacations, enjoy family time (many have 3-4 children:-)); are fitness freaks – this is one country where a good chunk of the population ‘runs’. Its a lovely sight to see in Copenhagen scores of cyclists pedalling away to work..The country is small (population equivalent to maybe one large metro in India) but their business reach is far and quite successful and many top global companies are Danish (Lego toys for one) – amazing for such a small nation.

    Denmark maybe an example of developed country where the system is well-functioning and people’s expectations are different, but the example they set is worth admiring and maybe emulating in some parts!


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