Happy thoughts Happy things

This post has been long due. I am proud to write in and support my best friends efforts in spreading cheer, joy and hope in lives of people out there.

My life experiences thus far have been rewarding as they have helped in developing my mental muscle, my thought process is very practical and mature, I have learnt very early on to let go, not expect and accept things for what they are.

If I had to make a list (Garshita knows how much I love making lists) of all the things that give me immense happiness, I would say the following:

1. Work – I value constructive utilization of my time and I know what I bring to the table. I am a very diligent, sincere and analytical worker. Developing new systems, policies and implementing innovative projects gives me a new high everyday. My motto at work is “Why the hell not!”

2. Gym – I realized the importance of physical fitness only after returning from United Kingdom. I was at the peak of un-healthiness and it took alot of effort to improve my stamina, change my lifestyle and overcome lingering body image issues. Now my day is incomplete without going to the gym. I realize that this is the biggest gift you can give yourself. It takes ages off you and all the people showering compliments makes you feel divine.

3. Helping others – I have had numerous experiences with helping people. I go out of the way to help anyone who is facing a problem or is stuck. It is unpleasant most of the times but I try to move on and learn lessons along the way.

4. Friends and Family – I love taking responsibility for the people in my inner circle. I am there for them unconditionally and 24*7.

5. Doing nerdy things – I am a technology freak, I love learning new things on a daily basis and I want to know everything about everything.

6. Shopping – I am at my efficient best when I shop. I keep getting killer deals which make it even more difficult to not shop. I love buying gifts for people close to me too.

7. I love spending time with children of any age, teaching them new things or just talking to them.

8. Sing, Dance, Party – I enjoy all of these from time to time and only with close friends.

9. Reading – I have a big library of my own already, I love reading books which build my vocabulary and help me escape into a different world for sometime and experience life differently, this also helps build perspective.

5. Writing – This has been an on and off activity since sometime now, earlier I could only write when I was very sad. But recently my columns featured in the local daily in the city and it was noticed by everyone.

6. Cleaning and organizing – People who know me say I am a OCD. I am happy when things are at their place, neatly stacked, clean and organized properly everyday. This extends even to files and folders on my laptop.

7. Movies & Music – Sometimes I am referred to as drama queen or movie freak. I love watching movies and critiquing them later. All the latest songs in any genre I have already heard of and if I like it its on repeat till I am bored of it.

Thanks Garshita for making me happy again since I got to make another list. I hope your work continues to inspire people and you go places!

Soniya

This post is written by my dearest friend Soniya Kagliwal. A big thanks and hug for these inspiring words and for sharing your ‘the glee in me’ story with us.

Finding happiness…

I started on a quest you see
To find happiness in the things I see

What makes me happy and
Feel cheerful?
What triggers the bliss in me?

The smile of a child
After a frown
A melanoid night ending
At the crack of dawn

A clique of carnations
Nodding at spring
Dainty little butterflies
Dancing in the wind

Reaping the rewards
After relentless striving
Discerning that, the true joy
Is in giving

Keeping your composure
In trying situations
When your actions begin to
Speak louder than your words

Tears of joy when cradling
Your new born baby
The moment when she finally
Calls you her ‘mommy’

The list goes on
Seems never ending
A hundred reasons to be happy
And I’m still counting…

Happiness is all around you
Just waiting to be discovered
But it lives in your heart
Forever and ever and ever

Wear a smile on your face
Put a spring in your step,
Be happy in your heart and sing
And you’ll be the happiest person
That you can ever be!

– Padmini Jain

This beautiful poem has been written by Padmini Jain. You’ve said it all! Thanks for sharing these happy words with all our readers.

Finding my Happiness in Nature

There is nothing more soothing and inspiring than watching lush green Mountains, clean white Waterfalls, slow moving Clouds or simply twinkling stars at night. The city life has taken us far away from these little things in life that are natural source of Happiness. So, only way to get in touch with Nature is to plan a trip to the countryside, which I recently did with my family!

It’s monsoon time in India (Yayy!). And the place where I live has some breathtaking one day getaway spots that take you to another world. Almost like a fairytale, away from the hustle bustle of the city.

A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why I will let pictures do all the talking. Moreover, it was an experience that I can’t describe in words. It could just be felt!

So here it is …

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So, next time when you are exhausted and want to run away to peace and serenity, take a trip to a place closest to nature.

All pictures are taken using my iPhone and I have not edited any of them as I wanted to keep them at their original best.

This is my Glee In Me story for the month.

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Lots of love,
Garshita

The Glee In Me – By Lakshmi Deshpande Deuskar

God has been kind. On the whole I’ve had a happy life thus far. I think happiness is deeply rooted in a person’s ability to be content. There’s no limit to “wants”, so Il focus on “needs” . And I have wayyyyy more than I need- a wonderful family, a caring set of friends, an incredibly loving partner- my closest friend, a very comfortable life.
But if you want me to sit down and pin point to the things that make me super happy, here’s an off-the-top-of-my-head list-

1. Doodling
Totally gets my creativity out from god knows where. I immensely enjoy the applause that follows..happy happy me :p

2.Playing with my nephew and niece. Sounds Cliche’d but I madly adore those kids and with them anything goes 🙂

3. Travel bug
Just like most people. I love it when my husband plans a trip someplace exotic,unique. Its so well thought out and carefully executed, with my likes and dislikes in mind. Princess treatment!

4. Time with my girlfriends also brings out the fun side in me. I thoroughly enjoy gossip (am a qualified recipient, dry source)

5. A good laugh should have topped this list. I have a blast cracking jokes irrespective of people laughing at them! Keeps my mood up and that adrenaline rushing!

6. Slightly embarrassing but too true to not mention.. I adore food. I think about it for a large part of the day. Great food fills not only the tummy but also the heart. I strive to be a good cook- feed good food to good people.

7. Another step towards more happiness? Having a super sexy bod.slim trim. Ok am not fat, but then most women who want this aren’t! I just wish there was an alternative to eating right and exercise. (example: eat what you want and watch tv all day) *sigh*

Urm..I could later add more here, if you’re still interested . For now I better get back to my office work before I jeopardize my current state of bliss!

Peace. ❤

A big thank you to Lakshmi for sharing her ‘glee in me story’!
Lakshmi is a dear friend and a Graphics Designer by profession. Make sure you take a few minutes to check out her awesome designs!

If you want your “glee in me” story to be featured on this blog, then mail me your story at thegleeinme@gmail.com