In today’s world ‘share’ mostly means sharing data, information, messages and status on social media. For the internet-savvy generation, their world revolves around technology and smartphones. What they often don’t realise is that one can be happy and enjoy life to the fullest by living in the moment. What further multiplies happiness is when you make the effort to spread joy and laughter around. Today, on International Day of Happiness, which has ‘Share Happiness — focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other’ as this year’s theme, we talk to youngsters to know how they are spreading smiles.
“We live and do things for ourselves and for our own happiness, but you know what, the day I realised that if you can share what you have with those who don’t, you’ll achieve a level of happiness that you can’t achieve otherwise,” says Bishal Bose, an engineering student from Delhi. He has been sharing his knowledge of English with the slum kids in Mayur Vihar area of Delhi. “I can only give what I have and I have nothing else but my knowledge. Whatever time I have left from my college schedule I devote it to teaching these children as their parents can’t afford to send them to English-medium schools. It’s been a year since I have been teaching and whenever these kids are able to write or speak in English, I cannot express my joy in words. This is how I spread and seek happiness,” adds the 21-year-old.
Deblina Chatterjee, a medical student from Kolkata, enjoys cooking for her loved ones during her free time. “When I have some spare money I also buy gifts for my little sister. And when I am home I try to spend most of my time with my family. That said, sharing happiness shouldn’t always be about you and your family. Making others happy is what we must strive for,” says Chatterjee adding that she loves to spend time at an old-age home in the outskirts of Kolkata and also knits sweaters for the senior citizens. “You can donate money, but sharing your time with others is also important. It takes me just three to four hours a week to bring smiles on their faces,” she says.
Storytelling has been a great part of Rajiv Singh’s growing up years. The Bengaluru-based youngster, who is preparing for IIT, is telling stories through his art and spreading happiness by painting the homes of poor in his neighbourhood. “The purpose of art is to uplift others and what better way than painting and beautifying the homes of those who live in misery. By homes, I don’t mean just the establishments, it is often the wall adjoining the footpath where the homeless sleep or under a flyover or a tunnel. I tell stories through my paintings and bring a smile on others’ faces. As a 19-year-old it is not possible to change the world overnight but I can at least add to the happiness quotient because the real success of a country is measured by how happy the people are. I am just doing my bit,” he explains.