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Many of us can attest that life tends to get sweeter as we get older. But if you need more evidence to adopt a better outlook towardaging, this is it. Business Insider created a timeline of peak ages...
The happiness quotient When I ask parents what they want for their children, I hear many things that range from a 'good' career to abstract notions of success but I rarely ever hear the word 'happines...
There is nothing as contagious as happiness, nothing as powerful as thoughts. In the previous blog Happiness, Let's Talk we vetted three belief systems that were rock-solid yet dead-wrong. Scrutinisin...
'Depression: Let's Talk,' a year-long global campaign by the World Health Organisation (WHO) took off on 7 April, World Health Day. WHO estimates that over 300 million people suffered from depression...
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Denmark is apparently the happiest.
Your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can make or break you. When you make a mistake, they either magnify the negativity or help you turn that misstep into something productive. N...
I started this weekend with a morning dose of "unrequited love" via a recently released Hindi flick. Keeping aside my not-so-favourable opinion on the quality of the movie, it made me reflect on how m...
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Tibetan Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is asking for people to be more compassionate toward animals. Ricard has spent 10 years discussing the habits of happiness amongst people through TEDTalks and bes...
As every new generation enters the workforce, it's amazing how quickly they're mislabeled with "attributes" that are common to young people. These labels tend to stick, and they become increasingly in...
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Time is not the most important measure of our days.
There is so much inspirational stuff floating around the net that I've been feeling rather left out, my writing limited to random musings on air travel and this blog gathering digital dust in some cor...
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"Now" is very difficult to define because by the time we get down to it, it is already in the past! Even Einstein, who was the high priest of time, found it hard to get a grip on the concept. He said we understand both future and past, but it is very difficult to grasp "now".
I voluntarily submitted myself to prison for 10 days. I packed one bag with bare necessities and submitted myself, mind and body, to the Dhamma Sikhara Himachal Vipassana Centre. There I observed noble silence for the period of the course and refrained from reading, writing and any other entertaining activities. The timetable required me to wake up at 4am and meditate till 9pm, with shorts breaks in between for rest and meals.
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Talks around renewable sources of energy are not new. Given where the world is headed, exploring alternative and reliable sources of energy is the need of the hour. Here are seven Indian villages whic...
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When I was packing my bags for a one-month holiday in India, I had no idea that I'd end up staying for more than two years. I landed in India with a few sweaters and a cosmetic bag. I did not carry any of my "important" personal belongings, and I did not say goodbye to anyone in my country. I had no intention to stay here for any longer than I had planned.
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There is a situation in which you feel happy. A friend has come, a beloved has called. A situation is the cause--you feel happy. Happiness is the effect. The coming of the beloved is the cause. Religion says: Be happy and the beloved comes. Create the effect and the cause follows.
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I would like to present the point of view that both technology and spirituality are important to achieving happiness. This idea is not new. Our ancient rishis understood the importance of technology in a yogi's life.
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I have conversed with a bar dancer on an airplane, exchanged a Happy Sabbath greeting with a religious man in Jerusalem, listened to a preacher speak about the different archangels, conversed with a chaiwalla by the Ganges about the sacred rivers of India, shared a laugh with a monk and climbed mountains with adventurers. Strangers have revealed their story and I've shared mine. I have been welcome joyously every time I put aside my limited understanding of the world and embraced the uniquely different.
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When you are miserable you are a conformist. Society loves it, people respect you, you have great respectability, you can even become a saint; hence your saints are all miserable. The misery is written large on their faces, in their eyes. Because they are miserable they are against all joy... In fact only in a miserable world can they be thought to be saints. In a happy world they would have to be hospitalised, mentally treated. They are pathological.
Don't be too concerned about money, because all it will do is distract you from achieving happiness. And the irony of ironies is that people think they will be happy when they have money. Money has nothing to do with happiness. If you are happy and you have money, you can use it for happiness. If you are unhappy and you have money, you will use that money for more unhappiness. Because money is simply a neutral force.
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India, you will meet her, not in newspapers nor in a movie, not an idea or fantasy, not solely in her texts, nor what the journalist, moviemaker or prejudice says, nor in fables or documentaries. Y...
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I'm often pelted with questions related to Dubai. My friends back home want to know how I'm faring, about the malls, the aquarium, the food. The truth is that holidaying in Dubai is quite a fancy deal, but working is a nightmare dressed in a day-dream.
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Why does happiness so often elude our grasp? Many of us long for happiness, perhaps not realising that this longing actually acts as a barrier to our goal. It is like standing with one's mouth open towards the skies waiting for the rains to quench one's thirst. Here I have summed up in five "Ds" the essence of the wisdom from some profound teachings of the world such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching.
We all age, but few grow up. We are all children walking as adults in this world. We are led to believe that growing up is to be strong and not feel too much. As a society, we love to escape. We love happy faces, we love happily-ever-after stories, so we want to do away with anything that is sad. No one is okay with grieving and breaking down. But when we do not grieve after any form of loss, that grief is not transformed - it is transferred to something else.