Happiness is not a path but a destination. It’s the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, simplicity, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, and gratitude.
I believe strongly in the above quote. I got really interested in the subject of true and everlasting happiness that I went on a 4-year-long sabbatical to explore all about it. I am now a practicing happiness and mental health coach.
During that time, I read several ancient scriptures and attended various online and offline courses—related to happiness and psychology—from reputed universities and organizations across the globe. Some of them include courses from MIT-OCW, Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkely, Indian School of Business, Art of Living and The University of Queensland.
But one special element that got stuck in my heart is the element of gratitude. I immersed himself completely in the ritual of thanksgiving; round the clock.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
I have designed a special THANK YOU card that I give away to people who touch my heart.; and mostly these are ordinary people who do their regular jobs. They’re cleaners, drivers, maids, defense forces, public servants, waiters, people who I meet for professional meetings or even friends and families.
I print 1,000 cards every year and give them all away. I started this practice in 2013 and since then, I have given away thousands of such cards to people across India.
It’s such a lovely feeling and the recipients just get lost in their awe. I have not met a single person who has got such a card in his or her life. They get so elated and feel proud about their existence.
I feel that everyone wants to be noticed, acknowledged and included. A simple THANK YOU card can go far in achieving this, and as a blessing, people never forget you!
Gratitude is good for you—amazingly healthy for those who practice it. Being grateful not only helps us cultivate emotional well-being and regulate stress but also has a positive impact on our physical health. The good news is that gratitude is addictive, in a positive way. Acts of kindness and gratitude release large amounts of happy chemicals, a natural reward that works as a stimulant to keep us motivated to be grateful.
I invite you to be a part of this gratitude culture. It feels really nice!
If you want to give a THANK YOU card to someone, you can print your own or download my version. And if you want to read some ancient wisdom on the subject of a prosperous life and happiness, you can read it from here.