Sitting on a couch with your favourite book and a mug of coffee, watching the rain accompanied by a cup of hot tea and pakodas, or spending time with your loved ones. Isn’t that what we always wish for? It is the little joys in life that matters the most but we often fail to recognise the happiness and joy we get because of these little things. We are so occupied in achieving our bigger dreams that in the process we forget to admire the happiness we get because of the simpler things around. A paycheque or any achievement in life can never match the feeling of a tight hug from your loved ones. Well, it is never too late. Can’t we take a moment for yourself from your own lives? Let’s take a small pause, sit back and enjoy the little joys of our daily lives.
In honour of World Happiness Day, celebrated every year on March 20, we decided to find out what HAPPINESS really means to Mumbaikars. And, they didn’t let us down. We are happy to know that there are people who still find happiness in little things.
Below are the responses of Mumbaikar we found to the question, ‘What happiness really means to you?’
Avantika Mathur, Artist
“Happiness for me is freedom. Freedom in all ways – to express, to talk, to be myself is when I feel most happy. Also giving back to society and doing a selfless deed. I just went bald and donated my hair to cancer patients. That is happiness for me.”
Sanvi Ranjane, 5-year old kid
“I love doing pottery. That makes me happier. I like to make pots using clays.” Quiz her whether studies make her happy, her innocent smile gives you all the answer.
Anand Pendharkar, Ecologist & Founder Director of SPROUTS
“Working for nature!”
Chetana Zanje, Akashvani Announcer
“Following my mind is happiness for me. Gorging on the street side pasta with my sister and best friend, and hanging out with them is what makes me happier.”
Ameya Mahajani, Chef Aromas Café
“Happiness to me is letting go of what I think my life is supposed to look like. Happiness is feeling complete freedom. Happiness is everything.”
Pooja Trehan Dhamecha, Communications consultant and Founder of PRestaurants
“Happiness is to soak in the scenery even when life takes you on a detour. The joy of exploring life through travel, or simply tucked in a corner to read, is my happiness!” She further adds, “Euphoria moment is to know that my son equally loves to travel!”
Neeha Gupta, Author
“Being the best at what I do.”
Dr Avinash Desousa, Psychiatrist
“For me, happiness means my family and friends. If they are happy then I am happy.”