Happiness is…


“Happiness is the awareness of an overall and enduring state of satisfaction in a meaningful existence founded on truth.”


Frédéric Lenoir: Photo Source  www.goodreads.com

Frédéric Lenoir (born June 3, 1962), philosopher, sociologist, author of numerous books including “Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide” from which the above definition is cited (p.35). Originally published in 2013 in France as “Du bonheur: Un voyage philosophique” and later translated in 2015 by Andrew Brown, the book is truly a guide to what happiness is and how one can achieve it.


Develop Your Character…


“The real character of an individual can not be judged by his external garb but by his thought content and conduct. One’s thought content and doings show  what one is. Therefore constantly examine your thoughts and conduct.”





Hanumanprasad Poddar (1892-1971), Indian freedom fighter, litterateur, magazine editor, philanthropist, and author of “How to Attain Eternal Happiness”, the book published by Gita Press, Gorakhpur, 2010, twelfth reprint, p.86, and from which the above quote is cited.  In 1992, India Post issued a commemorative stamp in his honour. (Photos source: bharatdiscovery.org )



Live in the Present…

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied:


“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”



H. H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Born 6 July 1935, Spiritual leader and Buddhist monk, Recipient of many awards and honours including the 1959 Raman Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership and the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.

Happiness Is…


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and  what you do are in harmony.”



01/00/1998. File pictures of Mahatma Gandhi


Mahatma Gandhi (02 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), also called Bapu, the Father of the Nation, Apostle of Non-Violence (Photo Source : Wikipedia)



Saluting Mahatma Gandhi & Lal Bahadur Shastri (02 October 1904 – 11 January 1966) on their Birth Anniversary today. Lal Bahadur Shastri was the Prime Minister of India from 09 June 1964 to 11 January 1966.

What Do We Really Need In Life?

We spend majority of our life working… accumulating material things like a big house, a big car, a big fat bank balance to take care of us on a rainy day. These are fine to a certain limit…because we do need them, not necessarily ‘big’… but over a period of time we get so busy with their accumulation that we lose sight of  our real needs…  So, what do we really need? Let us give it a thought….

What do we aspire for in life? It is certainly not the tangible things mentioned above… our most basic aspiration is to be happy…and that too not in spurts but on a continuous basis…yes it is possible to be in a state of happiness always…and for this…

We need to be trusted…to be accepted…and appreciated by others…we need to be respected…to be cared for…and loved in our relationships.

We need to have a purpose and meaning in life…We need to face challenges…that will not only make us serve others better but will also help us to grow and develop to our highest potential…

And…at the end of the day, we should have a feeling of being well utilized… for a cause… for a purpose…for making a meaningful contribution and adding value to others and finally, to be valued and recognized…

The True Meaning of Life….


“We are visitors on this planet.

We are here for ninety

or one hundred years

at the most.

During that period,

we must try to do something

good, something useful,

with our lives.

If you contribute to  other

people’s happiness, you will

find the true goal,

the true meaning of life.”


H. H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Born 6 July 1935, Spiritual leader and Buddhist monk, Recipient of many awards and honours including the 1959 Raman Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership and the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.



“People do not become happy by satisfying desires. Happiness comes from upholding a certain balance, by living according to a system of beliefs that restrains them and gives coherence to their desires. ‘Above all the other necessities of human nature, above the satisfaction of any other need, above hunger, love, pleasure, fame – even life itself – what a man most needs is the conviction that he is contained within the discipline of an ordered existence.’ ”



Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 – December 14, 1974), Father of Modern Journalism, the American Public Intellectual,and Author of many books including ‘A Preface to Morals‘, quoted by Gurcharan Das in ‘The Difficulty of Being Good – on the Subtle Art of Dharma‘, Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes (Photo Source: Wikipedia).