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How to Be Happy?

By Prisha Budhiraja
Class 10 Student, Delhi Public School, R K Puram, New Delhi

Foreword by Venkat
A knife is a weapon to hurt, a means to protect, a tool to cut open and a part of cutlery for food – all in one. Our outlook on incidents, circumstances and people is no different. It all depends on how we use it. Prisha’s beautiful narration beams a powerful message – of looking at problems positively as challenges and not as helpless obstacles. The incidents she shares bring clarity to the message. Wonderful writing with words of wisdom at such a young age. Wishes and blessings to the budding writer!

A wonderful article garnished with heart-warming anecdotes serving an inspiring message!

How to Be Happy?

“How to be happy?” I’ve heard people say that millions of times. The truth is, there’s no magical pathway or a rulebook or guide to being happy. If you’re thinking “If only I didn’t have so much going on in my life/so much work to do/so much drama, I’d be happy”, you’re very wrong.

A delivery person just came and dropped off some snacks I ordered. My grandmother answered the delivery and told off the delivery person for not giving us our supplies in a carry bag. Rather, he was taking it out of his personal bag and handing it over to us.

My grandmother was a little upset and told the guy to bring a carry bag the next time. I was standing right there behind her and said “Grandma!” in a ‘please-stop-you’re-embarrassing-me-way’. She continued telling the guy off, and I just embarrassedly smiled at the guy, in a ‘sorry-she-doesn’t-get-how-this-works-way’ and he smiled back at me understandingly.

He forgot to bring a chocolate I had ordered, so I asked him about it, and the guy said it wasn’t in the delivery list. I told him to wait a second while I checked, but i couldn’t find it. So I told him it was alright, and he offered to go and get it again. I smiled and thanked him, but politely refused.

The guy walked down the stairs and disappeared. A few minutes later, I was finally able to check the order and I realized I had ordered the chocolate from another place and it was scheduled to arrive a couple minutes later. I ran down the stairs to see if the guy was still there, to let him know he hadn’t missed anything.

I saw him standing by his bike, staring at his phone with a confused expression on his face. I looked down at his phone and saw him checking the order. My order. I told him what I had found out, and apologized for the misunderstanding. The fact that he was so concerned over one order delivery, that he was so nice, made me smile.

Another time, I was upset with my mum and I was kind of just sitting there and sulking. Then our house help walked in and waved and smiled at me. We have this thing going on where we always greet each other and talk while she works. Her simple gesture made me smile and get out of my sulky mood.

So what I’m trying to say is, you don’t need a reason to be happy. You can find happiness in little things. And it won’t always be served to you on a golden platter. You have to CREATE your own happiness.

If you always keep counting all the things that have gone wrong for you, or how there are just so many problems in your life, you can’t be happy. Ever heard of making ‘a mountain out of a molehill’? That’s what happens when you stress over tiny things or keep thinking about how difficult life is. Instead, why not focus on finding a solution?

We all have had our own share of problems and bad experiences, some more than the others. But it is still up to us whether we look down upon our problems and see how many we have and how hard our life is, or to be strong and think about all the times we have dealt with difficult situations in the past, and how this time is no different, and find the strength to take on the challenges head-on.

Everyone faces issues. If we all just decide to sit down and start counting everything which is messed up in our lives, we could go on and on about it forever. But it doesn’t really change anything, does it? Maybe you’ll find more people who love to complain about their problems, but is that what you really want? Or do you want to be happy, to do what you love, to move on with your life?

The choice is yours. When life tosses problems at you, treat it like a challenge, not like an obstacle or a roadblock. Because it’s all about how you view it.

If you take it on like a challenge, you WILL find a way around it and you WILL be able to move on from it. Think about when one of your friends challenges you to something. There’s something inside of you which keeps you going till you’re successful, isn’t there?

So take on all the problems in your life like small challenges. Smile through and despite your problems, because IT’S ALL ABOUT YOUR OUTLOOK.

Happiness is selfless. It comes from what you do for others. Do something nice for someone who needs it and watch how it brings a smile to their face. And yours.

By Prisha Budhiraja
Class 10 Student, Delhi Public School, R K Puram, New Delhi


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C.I.SIVASUBRAMANIAN
March 27, 2022 8:54 pm

Sound advice from th young heart. It really helps if you apply the theory in your life.

prisha
prisha
Reply to  C.I.SIVASUBRAMANIAN
March 27, 2022 11:04 pm

Thankyou soo much! It really means a lot coming from someone with experiences as vast as yours!

Jyotsna
Jyotsna
March 27, 2022 9:05 pm

So true. While we don’t need to stress over things that went wrong, we should not forget the lesson it tries to teach us and then move on.

Great attitude and nice article, Prisha. Keep writing !

prisha
prisha
Reply to  Jyotsna
March 27, 2022 11:06 pm

Well said! And thankyou very much for your support! It’s positive feedback that keeps me going and encourages me to write!

Anusha
March 27, 2022 9:43 pm

You’ve gotten to the heart of a very important matter Prisha, and I couldn’t agree more with you! I was particularly happy to read about your empathy for the delivery person.
Nicely written!

prisha
prisha
Reply to  Anusha
March 27, 2022 11:12 pm

Thankyou!! It’s good to know you can relate to my experience, and the fact that it made you happy shows your optimism and ability to find happiness in the little things. Thankyou for being you!

girishluthra
girishluthra
March 28, 2022 9:52 am

Very well written Prisha !!! Fact of life which we don’t realise in our own but you have realised the same at early age !!!! Keep it up !!!

All the best 👍

prisha
prisha
Reply to  girishluthra
March 28, 2022 12:02 pm

Thankyou so much for the positive feedback uncle! 😊

hemangluthra
March 28, 2022 10:34 am

Very Well Said Prisha!!!! Your thought of doing something for others and bringing smile/ happiness in your and others life is really a very deep thought !!!!! Great efforts !!! Keep it up !!!!

prisha
prisha
Reply to  hemangluthra
March 28, 2022 12:14 pm

I’m glad you liked it and could understand the thought process behind my work! Thankyou for the encouragement!

Parveen Tejpal
Parveen Tejpal
March 28, 2022 11:02 am

Nice article

prisha
prisha
Reply to  Parveen Tejpal
March 28, 2022 12:19 pm

Thankyou very much!!

Neelam
Neelam
March 28, 2022 11:23 am

Facts quoted by you are really appreciable Dear Prisha, your vision is so clear about life in this young age. Keep on writing. My good wishes for you

prisha
prisha
Reply to  Neelam
March 28, 2022 12:23 pm

Thankyou soooo much! I still have a long way to go, and your positive encouragement keeps me going! I’m happy to have your support in this journey!

J K LUTHRA
J K LUTHRA
March 28, 2022 12:11 pm

Prisha it’s really heartening to know about your writing skills n your positive bent of mind at such a tender age. You have rightly defined that happiness is a state of mind n ot cam be triggered by your self n you may further increase it manifold by spreading it all around you. As it’s nature’s law “as you sow so shall you reap”. Moreover I am happy to know that you are continuing the legacy of writing of our Respected Bade Papa Ji, who was the first original writer of our family. May God bless you with such many more recognitions.May Ma Shardey bless you her wisdom to write more n more relevant topics of society.

prisha
prisha
Reply to  J K LUTHRA
March 28, 2022 12:19 pm

Thankyou!!! I’m overwhelmed now! I don’t know if I’m as good as bade nanu, but I’ve read some of your work, and I’m definitely taking inspiration from it!

Gaurav
Gaurav
March 28, 2022 12:32 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed the essence and the way you’ve wrapped up your thoughts!

Wish you carry the legacy from your maternal family well, keep getting blessings & inspiration and touch the sky with your name-fame!

Monika Tejpal
Monika Tejpal
March 29, 2022 8:48 am

Very nicely expressed ur thoughts! God bless you!

Monika Tejpal
Monika Tejpal
March 29, 2022 8:52 am

Very nicely expressed ur thoughts!

Reetika
Reetika
March 29, 2022 10:14 am

You’ve beautiful thought process & simplified way of sharing it. GOD bless you!