So are you happy?

Happened to bump into one of my ex colleague a couple of weeks back, it was about 4 in the evening and he was looking worn down, tired and exhausted. Long face and the worry lines all evident. During the course of an exact three minute conversation he turned around and said “……it has become even more hectic Raj, the clients have become more demanding…. and it is the same rat race”. The unhappiness was evident even without asking the utterly useless question, How are you?

How can one give one’s best to life when one is unhappy from within? How can you inspire people around you to give their best when you yourself are unhappy? How can you spread happiness at home, when you are unhappy most of your waking hours at work? As Gandhi said, our live is one indivisible whole.

It is no coincidence, that Guruji asks only one question to people whom he meets. “Are you happy?”

Today spent some time catching up with HBR blogs and came across this wonderful piece of conversation:

Ans: As I am very aware how boring is to hear about other people being happy, I say only this: I get up every morning at 5a.m. simply because it is more exciting to start working than to turn around and sleep some more. I do seem to have a lot of energy.

says Stefan Sagmeister, a design studio owner who takes a year off from client work every seven years to boost his creativity. Gina Trapani has two interesting posts on taking a creative sabbatical at HBR blogs.

Go spend some time reading the posts, get inspired and be happy……and whatever you do…..spread the happiness.

If you are still feeling sad, depressed, unhappy, take some time out and connect with yourself at a much deeper level – start with the Art of Living Program. If you want to bring about a change in your workplace, the APEX program is the place to start by.

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6 thoughts on “So are you happy?

  1. Hi Raj, Will remember this piece of advice.
    However my personal experience has been that there are these occasional bouts of thoughts of why iam doing all this, how happy iam. But that thought dies after few hours of it’s inception when i separate people and the work:-) And then iam back in form with complete passion and satisfaction of what iam doing. Is it so that passion and happiness are inter-linked ?

    Regards,
    Vaishali

  2. Hi Raj, Will remember this piece of advice.
    However my experience has been that there are these occasional bouts of thoughts of why am i doing this, how happy iam…But these thoughts dies after hours of it’s inception when i separate people and the work. And then iam back in full form with all the passion and satisfaction of what iam doing. Are passion and happiness interlinked ?

    – Vaishali

    • Vaishali, for some reason WordPress had tagged lot of valid comments as spam. Just found this out. So apologies, that this took a while to appear here.

      Vaishali, I cannot talk about others, I guess each one has to find out what works for us. For me even the definition of happiness is undergoing a radical change!!

      Things that used to make me ‘happy’ earlier, but do not seem a big deal now. And what the world would label as insignificant, seems like a big deal.

      So there you go!

  3. Hello,

    Thank you for sharing this post. I really enjoyed reading it. I like what you said life is an indivisible whole: “How can one give one’s best to life when one is unhappy from within? ”

    It just so happened that recently I spent a lot time thinking about Happiness myself and also wrote a couple of posts on my blog about the topic:

    http://gardenofmind.blogspot.com/2009/09/happiness-is-quality-of-our-soul.html

    Thanks again and hope to read more of your blogs.

    With Warm Greetings,

    Le

  4. This is a very nice blog . Got directed from the HBR discussion on sabbaticals. It is very inspiring to see various people taking the plunge to follow their true passion ,at atleast give our true selves a fair chance.

    I believe that every person is made wonderfully unique and with a talent or for the lack of a better term- a flair.When we do anything that truly intrests us , we feel happy ,self motivated and relaxed cause we resonate with our activity. Unfortunaltey, in today’s world and economy, hapiness and success are increasingly defined by job status, raises,promotions, money making avenues etc .No doubt its important to be financially stable and prepare for the rainy day, but i personally feel it all starts with our inner stability and hapiness,cause once we attain that state, the positive thinking and energy fuels us to go a long way to acheive anything.

    Good luck!

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