117 out of 158 countries?
For a moment, I am not able to believe my eyes. We are the second most developing country in the world, one of the largest economies, the greatest youth work force and we are talking big things about India shining and Make in India and what not.
But hey, the stats don’t lie. The world happiness index says that India is ranked 117 out of 158 countries in the world. That means we are ahead of only a handful of 41 nations. Phew! I thought there were more underdeveloped nations which had bigger problems than India did! But let us try and see why we are placed so low in the happiness index. It is one thing about blaming the government and completely the other thing about personal happiness index. Forgetting all those factors which are on the governmental aspect, let us look at the personal aspect a bit.
How do we define our happiness? Are we all totally happy? If not what would make us that happy?
A point to ponder isn’t it? Almost all of us know what we really hate. If I were to ask what were the things bothering us at this moment of time, a few answers can be these
– I am not able to find a satisfactory job for my clarifications
– I am not able to financially support my family
– The society doesn’t seem to approve what I am doing
– I am not able to find a suitable girl to marry
and so on. We would actually be surprised to see how easy it is to make us unhappy and how high standards we set for ourselves to be happy. People can be unhappy for as trivial a reason as not having enough salt in their food. I am not asking to reduce someone’s standards or elevate them, I am just asking, where we set our priorities and how they matter to us. The more restrictions we have to be happy, the more reasons do we find to be unhappy. Simple isn’t it?
There are so many simple things that can make us happy,
– The beautiful breeze on a warm summer night
– A light tune of an old song we love in the background
– The smile of a stranger who we haven’t seen at all in our entire life
– A mail from an old friend with whom it had been ages since we talked
– An old rustic photograph of you in black and white..
And so on. Fact is, it is really not that difficult to be happy. We all are so caught up in leading a perfect life that we sometimes don’t see that a perfect life and a happy life are two separate things. You can still be hungry for more in life and yet be happy about what you do. You can still feel great about yourself and kick yourself to do more. It has been too mutually exclusive so far. Maybe it is time that we design our lives the way we want them, maybe define our lives and happiness the way it is actually achievable and simple and easy to reach.
The harder it gets, the more we suffer. It really isn’t that difficult to be happy. Just try it once :).
PS: Well sorry to disappoint the ones who were looking for stats of the world happiness report, you can find more of the report here – India Today.
Or for the basic definition of World Happiness and how it is measured, you can refer the wiki page here
This was just out interpretation of how happiness can be closer than we realized. Always open to your thoughts and opinions. Do let us know below 🙂
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