Contentment and Happiness

Giving Happiness

5. January, 2012Contentment and Happiness9 comments

By Dinesh K. Nagpal

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  ~Mother Teresa

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”   ~The Dalai Lama

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”  ~Winston S. Churchill

“Give until it hurts.” ~ Corazon Coiuangco Aquino

“There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving” ~ Henry Drummond

“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” ~ George Sand

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”  ~Mary Anne Radmacher

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.”  ~ John Templeton

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Being Happy

19. September, 2011Contentment and Happiness35 comments

By Dinesh K. Nagpal


“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha

“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart”. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.” ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” ~ Leo Tolstoy

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~ Groucho Marx

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  ~ Abraham Lincoln

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ~ Andrew Carnegie

 “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ~ Helen Keller

“People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”   ~Ramona L. Anderson                                      


Happiness is the basic nature of human being. In this era of advancement of science and technology, we are the most privileged lot in the history of mankind having being provided with millions of items for comfort, convenience and pleasure. Almost two hundred years ago all such facilities were not available even to kings and emperors, which are now provided to almost everyone. All these inventions are for giving boost to your comfort, pleasure and joy. Happiness is different from that of pleasure.

In-spite of all those facilities, people at large are still unhappy and gloomy. There are various reasons for unhappiness. Some are unable to amass wealth; some have not been able to acquire latest gadgets of comfort. There are people who are suffering due to various illnesses. Strained relationships are also a major cause of unhappiness. Some people are having all the comforts including wealth and good health; still they are unhappy because of success and happiness of others. They envy success and wealth of their near and dear one’s.

There are host of other reasons of unhappiness. But one of the most prevalent reasons is the feeling of inadequacy. In search of happiness, almost everyone intends to acquire more wealth. Every person on this planet has right to earn as much as he can and one must earn also to the extent he needs. But his financial status should not be the cause of unhappiness and worry.

You may also be unhappy because you do not own so many material things. In this pursuit you forget the joy and happiness of what you possess. If you take a stock of situation and make a list of all those possessions, which are available with you, to your utter surprise your list of haves may probably be bigger than have-nots. Let us start making an inventory of ‘haves’ with you.

First and foremost important and prized possession with you is your body. It is perfect in all respect with a sound and healthy mind. Next is your marvelous family with loving relationships. All the family members are near and dear to you. Then you have a good house to live including several items in your house for comfortable living, starting from your dresses, garments, accessories, cosmetics, toiletries, foot wears, various gadgets and different modes of conveyance for your comfortable living and happiness. Make an exhaustive list of everything available at your disposal. You may also include your knowledge, skills, hobbies, relationships with others, acquaintances etc. These all are for your happiness. Do not forget to include even a small possession, be it material or otherwise.

Once you list is complete, you will realize as if you are a privileged son/daughter of the God and He has given you so much for your comfort and happiness. Hence there is no point to be unhappy. You must be grateful to the God for all that you have.

Now let us think the other way. Will you be able to get all those things which you want to posses, merely by worrying and being unhappy? If you really want to possess that have-not, you must plan to possess the same with positive frame of mind. Make a goal for possessing the same and proper implementation of its plan will result in positive outcome. The more are your efforts; it is easy to fulfill your desires. Do not allow negative feelings invade your mind at any given time.

Moreover happiness cannot be purchased from the market nor is hidden with any item of possession. Happiness lies within you. Truly speaking, you have all those capabilities to extract happiness from within. God has sent you on this earth in the state of happiness and contentment. You have covered yourself with gloom and unhappiness for no apparent reason. You must come out of this shell and start living in your natural state.

Here are some tips that will help you keeping happy.

  1. Feel contented with whatever and whosoever this nature has provided you.
  2. Learn to live in the present moment. Live it intensely as if there is no tomorrow.
  3. Be one with nature and enjoy its beauty.
  4. Fill your mind with thoughts of love, peace, harmony, abundance, contentment etc.
  5. Learn to forgive – to the self and to others.
  6. Keep smiling in all circumstances. It increases your ‘face value’.
  7. Learn to share with others. Share your money, your time and your belongings with others.
  8. Spare your time to be in the company of children. Enjoy their innocence, truthfulness and honesty.
  9. Own a pet. It helps you keep happy.
  10. Develop a creative hobby. You may learn music, singing, dancing, painting, drawing, yoga or any other creative hobby. You may also write articles for a blog or magazine. You must select your hobby as per your choice and liking.

In Gita ways to attain happiness and peace have been suggested. Following verse explains the way to way to attain happiness and peace

“aapurya-manam achala-prathistham
samudram apah pravishanti yadvat
tadvat-kama yam pravishanti sarve
sa shantim-apnoti na kama-kaami” –
Gita Ch. II, V 70

It says
“As the waters (of different rivers) enter the ocean which, filled from all sides remains undisturbed, likewise he who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – can alone achieve peace and happiness, and not the man who runs after these desires & strives to satisfy such desires.”

My good wishes to everyone. Be happy and make others happy.

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God bless you all.


Value of a Smile

1. November, 2010Contentment and Happiness157 comments

By Dinesh K. Nagpal

“Peace begins with a smile.”  ~ Mother Teresa

“Always keep your smile. That’s how I explain my long life.”  ~ Jeanne Calment

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.” ~ William Hazlitt

“People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.”  ~ Lee Mildon

“Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles.”  ~ George Eliot

“A smile is the universal welcome.”  ~ Max Eastman

“No matter how grouchy you’re feeling,
You’ll find the smile more or less healing.
It grows in a wreath
All around the front teeth -
Thus preserving the face from congealing.”
~ Anthony Euwer

A smile is a facelift that’s in everyone’s price range!”  ~ Tom Wilson

“Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.”  ~ Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.”  ~ Author Unknown


Recently I received a message from my friend, Mr. Dang, saying, “Always have two things on your lips, ‘Silence and smile’. ‘Smile’ to solve the problems and ‘Silence’ to avoid the problems.” This formula is helping mankind to avoid problems from ages. Today I would like to remind you on the virtues of smile.

Smile is the best gift nature has given to the human beings. Every one is born in this world to be happy and contented and as a child his life begins with authentic and original smile. This smile, which is a subtle form of the laughter, is visibly seen in a child during his growing years. But after few years living in this world he loses this smile and laughter somewhere. His face becomes grim.  There are only handfuls of fortunate people who are able to retain their smile. Why is it happening so? The very basic nature of human beings to remain happy is losing it sheen even in the early years of life! Everyone must ensure that the smile of a child is not lost.

Smile makes you attractive and improves your appearance. In fact, smile is the inexpensive way to change the looks of a person. It helps you stay positive as it changes the mood of the person from negative to positive. Smile has positive effect on physical health and it relieves stress, lowers blood pressure, it acts as a natural pain killer and improves immune system of the body. Those they keep smiling always look younger and smart. Smile is the silent way to say sorry and be apologetic. Therefore keep smiling in all circumstances, be it favorable or adverse circumstances. Learn from a child as he always keeps smiling. A study has revealed a child smiles almost five hundred times a day, a kid of five to six year smiles almost three hundred times a day, whereas an adult smiles only seventeen times a day. Is not it a gloomy picture?

There are different types of smiles. Some people have fake smile which is visible on face only. In this type people pretend to be smiling on their face but internally they keep on thinking differently. Then there is genuine smile, which comes from within. In this type ones eyes start glowing and the entire body is visibly contented. This in fact is true and internal smile. Most of the people have forgotten their original smile and are living on fake smiles. One needs to practice continuously to regain their true internal smile. Here are some tips to keep you happy and contented.

1. Develop a sense of gratitude with whatever is available to you and the nature has provided you.

2. Be thankful to everyone who helps you in this world.

3. Learn to live in present moment. Live it so intensely as if there is no tomorrow.

4. Think positive even if you are passing thru the worst phase of your life. Do not allow negative thoughts to invade your mind. Fill your mind with thoughts of love, peace, co-operation, harmony, success, abundance positivity and understanding.

5. Learn to forgive others.

6. Be one with nature and enjoy its beauty.

7. Own a pet. It helps to keep you happy.

8. Learn to share with others, whatever you can.

9. Learn to recognize happy moments of your life. Make a journal of those happy moments. You must have a good stock of happy moments. Read them regularly. It will keep you happy and smiling.

You can gift a smile to everyone, who comes in contact with you. He may be a stranger, your neighbor, friend, colleague, co-worker, a vendor or anyone. It costs you nothing but has capacity to illuminate life’s pathways. Someone has described smile as the best credit card as

a. It is accepted worldwide.

b. It is auto reloaded.

c. Has unlimited usage.

d. It costs nothing.

e. It makes everyone happy.

It is therefore suggested start your day with a smile and end the same with a smile.


Dr. Dinesh K. Nagpal

He has been studying and practicing The Art and Science of Positivism for over 35 years. His zest for gathering ancient knowledge based on Vedas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures, which are full of living life in totality, for the benefit of mankind, brought him laurels. The motto of his life is ‘Caring and Sharing is the essence of life.’

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