Saturday, July 24, 2010

ON HAPPINESS...........

This forward was received from a friend...... made a lot of sense to me - an interesting view. The forward is reproduced below.

This story is about a beautiful, expensively dressed lady who complained
 to her psychiatrist that she felt that her whole life was empty, it had no meaning.

So, the lady went to visit a counselor to seek out happiness.
The counselor called over the old lady who cleaned the office floors.
 The counselor then said to the rich lady"I'm going to ask Mary here
 to tell you how she found happiness. All I want you to do is listen to her."

So the old lady put down her broom and sat on a chair and told her story:
 "Well, my husband died of malaria and three months later
my only son was killed by a car.
I had nobody... I had nothing left. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't eat,
 I never smiled at anyone, I even thought of taking my own life.
 Then one evening a little kitten followed me home from work.
 Somehow I felt sorry for that kitten. It was cold outside, so I decided
 to let the kitten in. I got it some milk, and the kitten licked the plate clean.
 Then it purred and rubbed against my leg and for the first time in months,
 I smiled.
 Then I stopped to think, if helping a little kitten could make me smile,
 maybe doing something for people could make me happy.
So the next day I baked some biscuits and took them to a neighbor
 who was sick in bed.
 Every day I tried to do something nice for someone.
It made me so happy to see them happy.
Today, I don't know of anybody who sleeps and eats
better than I do.
 I've found happiness, by giving it to others."

When she heard that the rich lady cried.
She had everything that money could buy, but
 she had lost the things which money cannot buy.


BK Chowla, said...

I have read this mail before but it is easier said than done.

J P Joshi said...

BK Chowla: I do agree with you, and that is probably the reason that happiness generally remains illusive.

How do we know said...

this is so true.... and i second that... ppl oftn ask me why i put in so much time into esha.... and i tell them, bcs it makes me truly, truly satisfied and happy... and they dont understand my answer (no seriously they dont). they will after they read this forward.