Most of us would be happy to agree with the above statement of the ancient Greek Philosopher because all living beings (including humans, animals, insects etc) want pleasure, happiness & joy in life but also want to avoid pain. So what is ‘happiness’. Though all want happiness but no one is able to define it. They also try to find long-lasting happiness in short lived things. More strangely, most people would look to external circumstances for their unhappiness instead of taking actions for their own happiness. Before going any deeper let’s try to define happiness.
Reading these lines inspired a thought inside me. I felt as if a current wave ran through my body. It made me wonder about life’s mysteriousness. With a little deeper look towards life, I realized that life is all what we make of it. It's our decisions and our choices that fashion our lives the way they are.
Facing adversities of life: Two years back in April 2011, Arunima Sinha, a national level volleyball player in India, was travelling in a train where a gang of hoodlums tried to snatch her bag and her chain. Being a brave girl she pounced on them to save herself but being alone she was overpowered by them and they just threw her off the moving train. While getting up she was hit by another passing train and received serious bodily injuries. She was taken to hospital by some other young man. The doctors in order to save her life had no other option but to cut her one leg below the knee and put rod in another leg.
Have you ever wondered over the sudden popularity of ‘Harlem Shake’ or Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ which is till now the most watched video on Youtube? Even Psy’s native Koreans are clueless about the reason of his popularity. And you may also be wondering over the instant recognition of someone known to you who till recently was living a nondescript life but shot into fame due to Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest or Myspace etc. The one reason is their uncanny ability to create a sense of happiness and sharing it among viewers via social media which gives everybody with computer and internet connection an opportunity to have his share of success. The secret is in sharing happiness. Let’s see why.
Written by: Mayank Bansal
My mom and I were sitting together and all of a sudden she asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My lips began to quiver in spur of the moment and all enigmatic and vague theories started baffling my mind. What am I interested in? What am I destined to be? What my future life would be like? Had I said more, my dumbstruck face conveyed the unspoken dilemma. Sooner or later, we all encounter this situation when our inner self makes us wonder “What is it I’m interested in?”
"We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility."— Rabindranath Tagore
Let’s congratulate Marion Bartoli and Andy Murray who won Wimbledon 2013 Women and Men Grand Slam singles titles. Andy Murray made Britain proud by winning this title for his country after a long gap of 77 years. But what makes this Wimbledon memorable is the victory of Marion Bartoli. Barely had she started her march towards her victory over Sabine Lisicki and had started smelling the sweetness of success, there came some sour words from a presenter of BBC. Bartoli’s magnanimous response after the victory is sure to warm the cockles of your heart but it also leaves us with some lessons of life.
Written by: Mayank Bansal
One tough day, stressed with daily office chores, you hope you had a magical coin to wish anything and it escorts you to a fantasy world that you always dreamt for. Though an ambitious dream, surrealist Google recreates a resemblance to your dream in real world with its futuristic eye. Just a few scrolls and say “I wish for a world filled with soothing sounds of nature" and BAM you find yourself with a perfect beach in front of you surrounded with calming and cooling melodious sounds of splashing waves all around. You live a few moments of your real life with a dreamlike quality. That’s what Google brings with its latest technological breakthrough, letting the world find Joy by putting on your eye a 'smart eye phone' i.e. Google Glass.