As we all grapple with sorrows, depression and tears all around us, it is equally important to celebrate happiness and feel grateful for the tiny moments that are so precious. Just thinking about them brings a smile to my face. Isn’t happiness an awesome feeling? Not only does one look forward to being happy in one’s own life but also in the lives of those around them.
For me, I am really happy when my family and friends are happy. Seeing them suffer or unhappy casts a shadow of gloom on me. I may crib about how naughty the boys are but seeing them down or sick makes me sad. Their exams got over just a couple of days ago. I was as excited as them awaiting their return from school. The day is slightly bittersweet. You love it for the fact that you don’t have to study for that year and get loads of holidays. You also feel sad that you will be leaving behind some students and teachers and also for the fact that you won’t be seeing them for a while. That is how most happiness is tinged with a bit of sadness.
I guess that is why festivals like Ugadi which was yesterday ensure that we taste the bitter along with the sour and the sweet to emphasize to us to appreciate the happiness in our lives and to know in our hearts that the bitter phases are a part of life but will be gone soon.
Since I am away from home, I can’t hep but think about my cute Labrador, Coco. He is a bright spot in my life. His enthusiastic countenance never fails to bring a smile to my face. It is as if he were happiness personified. Always goofing around, he has all of us in the house in splits with his antics. And then there are moments when he puts his head in your lap or snuggles against you showing his boundless and unconditional love for you — pure happiness.
Happiness is also seeing the seasons change. Living in Bangalore, we are blessed with a moderate climate throughout the year. Just recently the Tabebuia were in bloom. Seeing the streets burst in a riot of colour with lavender, pink and yellow Tabebuia is a sight that never fails to make me happy. The same works for a beautiful rainy day when my garden looks like an expanse of washed green carpet, lively and pretty. I am also thrilled when my favorite jasmine are in bloom as they are now. I pluck them and inhale deeply to transport me to a blissfully happy place.
Working out, writing and cooking make me happy. When I get a difficult recipe right, it gives me immense joy. These days, I have begun to experiment and come up with my own recipes too. Working out is fun. It is enjoyable and it makes me feel high immediately. If I don’t work out for a few days then I feel my mood dipping. The side benefits of having a fit and healthy body make me feel proud and happy too.
Thus, as the famous song goes: These are a few of my favorite things (that fill me with joy).
What makes you happy?