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India and Happiness

  1. 1. H a pp i ne ss a n d I n d ia Prepared by Bela Gupta | With Contributions from Family, Friends and Strangers
  2. 2. <ul><ul><li>Happiness to me means harmony with myself and those I share my space with.   </li></ul></ul>“ “ Nishant D’Souza
  3. 3. Bela Gupta
  4. 4. Diana Cobaleda
  5. 5. Bela Gupta
  6. 6. John Redgrave
  7. 7. Bela Gupta
  8. 8. Diana Cobaleda
  9. 9. Diana Cobaleda
  10. 10. Diana Cobaleda
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>Happiness is my family. Nothing matters more to me than raising my children to be good, healthy, successful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and loving members of society. I want my children to make me proud and to always stay near me. That’s all I ask of God. </li></ul></ul>“ “ Diana Cobaleda
  12. 12. Bela Gupta
  13. 13. Diana Cobaleda
  14. 14. Diana Cobaleda
  15. 15. Diana Cobaleda
  16. 16. Diana Cobaleda
  17. 17. Bela Gupta
  18. 18. Anisha Dahiya
  19. 19. Anisha Dahiya
  20. 20. Bela Gupta
  21. 21. Aparna Jayakumar
  22. 22. <ul><ul><li>If you see somebody who does not have enough means as you have, that makes you unhappy. You feel helpless. That was the biggest reason when we moved out of Bombay. I was miserable - my ride to work every morning was so unhappy that I couldn’t stay there anymore. I saw these people deprived everyday spending their whole day on a foot path. Sure, you look at people above you that make you unhappy, but the same applies when looking at those who have less than you. </li></ul></ul>“ “ John Redgrave
  23. 23. John Redgrave
  24. 24. Diana Cobaleda
  25. 25. Diana Cobaleda
  26. 26. <ul><ul><li>India (and most of Asia, actually) is a living proof that happiness is derived from a dynamic process or path and not a final static stage one can reach. Regardless of the absolute level of comfort and wealth, we look to others around us to establish a relative baseline, and that to me can explain how Indians seems so happy and in peace with themselves despite the tough conditions. </li></ul></ul>“ “ Diana Cobaleda
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  31. 31. Diana Cobaleda
  32. 32. Diana Cobaleda
  33. 33. Diana Cobaleda
  34. 34. John Redgrave
  35. 35. <ul><ul><li>Happiness is a personal matter. It is internal rather than external. In my view, happiness is not a momentary elated feeling of jubilation but a permanent bliss and contented state of mind achieved by a person after years of leading a disciplined, principles, purposeful, healthy and spirited life. It is not for others to judge whether you are happy or not. You have to ask yourself whether you are happy or not </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and you will get the true answer. While it is extremely difficult to be happy all the time and one should always strive for it, there is a stage beyond and above happiness which is  sublime peace, spirituality and harmony within your inner self.   </li></ul></ul>“ “ Diana Cobaleda Diana Cobaleda
  36. 36. Diana Cobaleda
  37. 37. Bela Gupta
  38. 38. Diana Cobaleda
  39. 39. Diana Cobaleda
  40. 40. Diana Cobaleda
  41. 41. Diana Cobaleda
  42. 42. Diana Cobaleda
  43. 43. Diana Cobaleda
  44. 44. Bela Gupta
  45. 45. <ul><ul><li>I found the fluidity between work and life to be incredibly fascinating - it especially dawned on me when I walked into work and saw my co-workers on the floor making petal designs for Onam. I found not only the designs to be particularly beautiful, but the gesture as well. It was incredible to experience a willingness in the work culture to inject happiness, patience, and time to breathe, especially when coming from America. </li></ul></ul>“ “ Lindsey Barnes
  46. 46. Lindsey Barnes
  47. 47. Lindsey Barnes
  48. 48. Lindsey Barnes
  49. 49. Lindsey Barnes
  50. 50. Lindsey Barnes
  51. 51. <ul><ul><li>India’s definition of happiness is very tied to what class you are in. The serving class gets an extreme sense of happiness and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pride from serving well. The middle class increasingly derives happiness from personal development and accomplishment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even the poorest people in India appear happy. I think their perseverance and “ability” to cope with their situation and fight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for their survival combined with religious beliefs allows them to be comfortable with their situation. I am not saying that their </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>situation is acceptable from our point of view but rather they accept and make the best of the cards they are dealt. I think this </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is actually a tougher pill to swallow for those of us who have seen the developed world. </li></ul></ul>“ “ Bela Gupta
  52. 52. Diana Cobaleda
  53. 53. Bela Gupta
  54. 54. Diana Cobaleda
  55. 55. Diana Cobaleda
  56. 56. Diana Cobaleda
  57. 57. Diana Cobaleda
  58. 58. <ul><ul><li>In India, happiness is like making love. When you are making love, you are focused on making the other person happy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You ask less of “what is in it for me”. In India people consider happiness unrelated to themselves – it is based on collective decisions. Many Indians are ready to go with the happiness of their family over their own any day. </li></ul></ul>“ “ Karthik Venkateswaran
  59. 59. Diana Cobaleda
  60. 60. Karthik Venkateswaran
  61. 61. Karthik Venkateswaran
  62. 62. <ul><ul><li>I’ll tell you why we’re happy – its because of our desserts! Do you know, India has one of the largest ice-cream markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in the world (you can forget about our diabetes and cholesterol statistics for minute)? </li></ul></ul>“ “ Diana Cobaleda
  63. 63. Diana Cobaleda
  64. 64. Bela Gupta
  65. 65. <ul><ul><li>We preach this notion of fatalism that puts your entire fate in the hands of a pre-determined destiny. If you think you deserve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to be where you are, you are not going to be asking questions. </li></ul></ul>“ “ Aparna Jayakumar
  66. 66. Aparna Jayakumar
  67. 67. Diana Cobaleda
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  70. 70. Maria Sierra