Happiness = “Our attitude to life”
   The other day, I met a colleague at an informal tea session and he asked me – if he could ask me something personal – when I said yes – he asked me if all my letters and emails to employees are written by me or someone else. I did confirm that it was written by me. He responded that my choice of words were good and it touched a chord with him. I was humbled by this interaction and it further motivated me to write more often to all of you.

    I have always been wondering to find out as to what makes people happy in life :

Is it wealth ?

Is it to be born in a rich family ?

Is it career accomplishments ?

Is it personal accomplishments ?

Some unknown reason

    To me, the answer could be all or none of the above. I have met people who are happy with no enviable income. I have also met people who are very wealthy and are always cribbing. I have met employees at the peak of their career and even after getting multiple promotions are not satisfied. On the other hand, I have met employees, who have been doing the same job for many many years without a promotion but are very happy. 

    After a lot of interactions and reflection on this subject, I have come to the conclusion that ” Happiness = “our attitude in life” . If we choose to be happy, we will be happy under all circumstances. On the contrary, if we choose to be unhappy, we will remain unhappy even after accomplishing a lot in life and career.  

    Two words which may help us build a positive attitude to life are ” Contentment” & ” “Gratefulness”. If we are content with what we have, we would be happy. After all there is no limit to our greed but our needs are always limited. Similarly, if we are grateful to God and all our well wishers for whatever we have, we would be happy. After all there are millions of people in the world, who are not as lucky as we are in having all that we need in life.

     So the choice is ours always. We can choose to be happy or unhappy in life based on our attitude to life. The world is the same for all of us – some enjoy and choose to be happy always while others crib all the way.   

      You can make your choice today.

S Ramesh Shankar

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