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The Pursuit Of Happiness

Happiness recipes for Indian millennials

Numbering at more than 400 million, we millennials account for more than 34% of India’s population today. Being a vital chunk driving the country’s growth story, our happiness is directly linked to India’s future well-being.

Happiness means different things for different people. But in the case of Indian millennials and their western counterparts, studies reveal identical factors.

On International Day of Happiness (March 20), we see what makes Indian millennials unhappy, and few ways to win using the optimism we are known for.

Social Inequality & Injustice

Take a look at newspapers and it seems like the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Poverty, abysmal healthcare and education systems, gender violence, unjust laws, and corrupt politicians create a crippling sense of frustration among millennials who are often highly passionate and confident.

When political and social systems make life tougher than it is, what can one do? True happiness is when we give more than we take. Tap into your inner social consciousness and help local communities engaging with the underprivileged.

On weekends, you could donate a few hours working at an old age home, orphanage or other welfare organisations in your neighbourhood.Most often we think we’re not professionally equipped to help people. The average millennial has a number of skills (our love of technology and social media, for instance) that can be used to raise funds or highlight a cause positively.

This teenager’s story should serve as inspiration.

Work-Life Balance

Studies show that the average millennial in India is employed and contributes to household income more than ever. Spending one-third of your waking hour on the job means that millennials need to love what they do.

“As an outdoor travel expert, my days are busy and unpredictable but it’s the life I prefer over anything else,” says Sudhir Rajgaur, a 26-year-old Delhiite who quit his full-time marketing job to focus on his love of the outdoors.

Choosing a healthy workplace that respects its employees and treats everyone equally is crucial. Assert your stand against ill-treatment or negative attitudes in modern offices.

Money vs Experiences

We are a happy, hardworking bunch, but excessive emphasis on making money is also a turn-off.

Happiness is different from instant gratification and we know that. For us, life experiences are more attractive. Jobs and salaries will come and go, but investing in your own happiness by learning a music instrument, travelling, and taking up woodworking or other hobbies ensures that your skills remain diverse and future-proof.

Ignorance may be bliss for older generations, but earning practical knowledge elates us.

Planet under Threat

It pains us to see the world we inherited in tatters. Pollution and global warming is at an all-time high, animal rights are at a low, and rising deforestation and the omnipresent menace of plastic is choking our cities and wild landscapes.

Relying on government mechanisms to instantly set things right is pointless. Real change begins with you.

Small steps like declining a plastic bag, shopping for sustainable goods that use minimum packaging, recycling plastic and glass, persuading your home or office to switch to solar energy, car pooling, and avoiding packaged water and Styrofoam cups go a long way in helping the environment.

Persuade your friends and colleagues to join in as well.

Image Credit: Imagesbazaar

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Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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