Friday, March 18, 2005

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Here's a wonderful article on happiness. Many things the author says, like the unconditional happiness enjoyed by children and the sacrifice of happiness by adults "in pursuit of the bigger and the better", ring so true. It is ironic that we pursue the bigger and the better to be happier but the same pursuit turns out to be so stressful that is eats into our present happiness! There are no easy answers to that one. But not to let small but precious moments slip away in the midst of this pursuit, is good advice. Though the article gets a little feminist towards the end, it does a good job of defining a very vague but elusive emotion. Now I gotta go and get a hug from my daughter!

The article also got me remembering Bobby McFerrin's feel-good number Don't Worry, Be Happy. Its simple, down-to-earth lyrics always manage to cheer me up. In stressful times like these, it deserves to be our national anthem. Keep smiling...


At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

U know balaji i think a hug works wonders and is a de-stresser for the distressed!!reaching out is just a hug away!!
have you hrd save all your kisses for me by brotherhood of man?lyrics are at:
the bottom line reminded me of ur little girl:)
dont worry be happy is an all time feel good song.
so is groovy kind of love...phil collins?

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

Don't think I've heard that one but the lyrics do sound great. The last line was a real surprise and yes... real sweet :)

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two of my fav quotes related to happiness: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift--thats y its called the PRESENT!" and "Happiness is a way of travel; not a destination"
...Gita Arjun's (the author of the article referenced in the original post) article was well-written but thought the "buy yourself flowers" comment was kinda silly!

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

I thot the article was very well-written until it turned its focus to just women at the end. IMO the silliest item in the list was the one asking u to think of things to say if u ran into Aamir in the grocery shop!


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