PARIS – The small landlocked Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which lies between China and India, is not only a tourist mecca. The country has also long pioneered the concept of “gross national happiness” (GNH), which its architects regard as far more comprehensive and accurate than the conventional measure of an economy, gross national product, or GNP.
In a world filled with sadness and puzzles, finding happiness can be a struggle for most of us. However, what you need to realize is that finding happiness is within your grasp. Here are some simple ways to help you find a happiness that you’re searching for:
KATHMANDU, Sept 12: The government's desire to measure happiness is moving at a slow pace due to the lack of homework and planning. The government has declared to conduct an integrated happiness survey this year in line with its slogan of “Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali” and budget was allocated for the ongoing fiscal year. A steering committee and another technical committee are to be formed to begin the work.
For me, a truly happy day is when I’ve taken a warm shower, put on a cute pair of socks, there’s soft jazz playing low on speakers and I’m curled up with a good book. This is when I tell myself that I’m glad to be alive. Sure, there are those moments in our life, like getting a job you always wanted or acing a test that you struggled with, which make us ecstatic but that subtle, long-lasting feel good always comes from appreciating the little things.
Every day in the evening a group of children come out to play in my colony. They scream, they laugh, they jump, and are all really, really happy. I often sit in my balcony, sipping tea, and look at them. I find myself smiling and there’s a sense of calm that takes over.
Most of us think and believe in having more money and other materialistic things in life can make us happy and satisfied. However, I believe this thinking is one of the biggest mistakes we make in our life. Nevertheless, it might be correct to some extent. And if it is the whole truth, then we might not see many people having everything but being in grief and alone.
So many thoughts are wandering in my mind
The greenery field is asking why are you kind
I just stay quiet and smile looking at the sky
But the wind sneaks and whispers don't you keep quiet so speak something my boy!
It's difficult to live in the society
Where you have your thoughts but others defines your identity
They keep saying you this and that which you're not
So just ignore them and live your life pouring tea from the tea pot.
As we grow older we come to realize that life isn’t a unicorn ride through a rainbow. It throws a lot of choices, decisions, and dilemmas our way and so it can sometimes feel quite calamitous at times. And thus we need and have our own coping mechanisms, a small comfort to fall back on. Rakshya Khadka quizzed a few people on what makes them happy when not everything is going their way. Here’s what they had to say:
KATHMANDU, Dec 21: I’m an inherently rude person. I think I take after my mother who has never been afraid to call a spade a spade. In our locality, she is known for her bluntness and she is proud of it. When I was growing up, I always saw her standing up for what she thought was right. She wasn’t the one to talk her way out of things and still isn’t. She believes in saying sorry when she is wrong but you really want to get out of her way when she’s right. She’s not having any of your nonsense.
Currently, Tika Ram lives in Narayanghat with his spouse. “My marriage turned into the happiest story of my life. My wife helps me overcome every obstacle, and every night our family gets together for dinner.
I never thought, I would get married to my school days crush. He was one year senior to me,” remembers Devi Basnet, a 27-year-old security guard in Patan. Blushing, she mentioned how her brother-in-law used to tease her, calling her ‘bhauju’ (sister-in-law) even before the marriage.
The number of event management companies in Nepal is mushrooming at an alarming rate. However, only a handful provides unique experiences to its customers; Offering Happiness is one of such few companies. For its innovative approach of managing events, the company established by entrepreneurs Abinash Chaudhary, Darshan Parajuli, Niraj Kafle, and Santosh Pandey are currently creating buzz all over.
Everybody wants to live a happy life in this material world. It is obvious that people think they could be happy when they become wealthy. But, wealth can’t buy happiness. Kin Hubbard had once said – It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness since poverty and wealth have both failed. Let’s look into the following story.
Everyone wants to be happy. But happiness is an elusive concept. Philosophers and psychologists have long sought to define it but there is no way to actually pin it down. More than simply just positive mood, happiness is a state of wellbeing that encompasses living a good life, with a sense of meaning and satisfaction.
The life of Dambar Bahadur Moktan follows the famous line from Nepal’s great poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota -- Saag Ra Sisno Khayeko Besa Anandi Manale, which means one is better off being satisfied even with little resources.
Talking to you is happiness
Listening to you is sweetness
Strolling with you, holding hands
Walking with you, sharing plans
Is a wonderful experience
That I’ll cherish for a long time
No matter how far is our distance.
Manisha Koirala, the scion of BP Koirala and the famous Bollywood actress
is a cancer survivor and is active on social media these days. What are her
reflections on life after cancer? What are her views on Nepali politics and society? Subhash Ghimire and Mahabir Paudyal caught up with her in Kathmandu
Once a teacher at a school handed some assignments to her students and asked them to write what they wanted to become in the future. After the completion of the task, the students handed over their assignments.
BEIJING, Dec 11: In November, the Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency in New Delhi because of high levels of air pollution. Schools were shut and emergency traffic restrictions put in place. Air pollution in New Delhi is nearly 30 times the level considered safe by the World Health Organization, causing more damage to the lungs than smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. New Delhi is far from alone.
Twenty-year-old Shreya Manandhar works as a Happiness Genius at OH Surprise Planner. She has been working there for seven months now. “I was always passionate about handicrafts and loved making handmade gifts for my friends.
“If you are tired walking the streets of New Road, sit down with us for a cup of tea,” says Navin Maharjan, owner of Himalaya Tea Corner. “We have free tea tasting service. And you must not hesitate to taste our tea even if you don’t intend to buy it,” he adds.
The first rays of the sun, the sound of birds chirping, or a cup of good coffee, there are little things that manage to cheer us up no matter how jam packed our schedule is for that day or how difficult the day has been. But, often times, we get so caught up in things that we fail to count our blessings and be happy. The Week’s Swasti Gautam & Ashma Chhetri had a few people name the three things that make them happy on a daily basis. Their answers might make you grateful for the very same things in your life or have you thinking about your little sources of happiness. Either way, our mission will have been accomplished.
The statements are heard, in most common places, almost everywhere, maybe shouting or asking the liberality about the platitudes of our success. It often comes to us through the people that surround us. And then it begins the act of pleasing all but yourself, for the sake of not being considered as purposeless.
Life was paused between happiness and success
To find the way, I was restless.
Those days, I had a crush
Uncertain reasons made me hush.
Heart broke like a mirror
And left some track without any direction.
To know the way, I tried very well
In mind those pieces of mirror, I was in hell.
And the day arrived, I feel about a thing
Thinking for that track, I proved direction was nothing
To join my heart, I followed the path: happiness
Forgetting the past, I dragged myself forward.
Some lines are just hard to forget. As any reader can attest, you don’t even have to go on a hunt for quotable quotes, some lines just stick with us. The Week asked some readers if they would like to share theirs with us. It’s not like we planned to collect worthy life lessons but their picks this time around just turned out that way.
KATHMANDU, April 26: Sudikshya came to yet another dead end when she tried to search for ideas to celebrate her mother’s birthday. She tried everything, but to no avail.
She was browsing through Facebook when she came across a post titled ‘Offering Happiness’ in her news feed.
We, as a nation, are quite the happy bunch, or so it would seem. That is if you believe the World Happiness Report, 2017 released on the International Day of Happiness (Yes, there is such a day in case any of you were wondering) that falls on March 20th.
Do you tend to think that you are not a successful person? Have you ever thought how big the universe is claimed? Compare its importance with your life. Which would you give more preference to? Obviously your life!
Everybody has their own favorite aspects of the Dashain season, however, as we found out, it’s not only the festivities and time off work that people are looking forward to. As expected, avid readers around town have big plans to capitalize on their time off. So with the festival celebrations right at our doorsteps, The Week asked them to share some of the books on this holiday’s ‘To Read’ list as well as review whether the annual vacations really help bolster their reading habits.
Achieving happiness and maintaining that state is a never-ending process that requires a lot of effort. Cultivating a positive mindset and acting on those things that make you happy while letting go of things that drag you down don’t come easy but there are many things you can do to build on it.