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>The Happiness Quotient

>It seems that a lot of people are talking about HQ these days..After the popularity with IQ and EQ, this one too is bound to become a hit in awhile. But this is something that has set me thinking. Why would a person require a test to measure his/her emotionality or happiness!I can understand the need for Inteligence tests but EQ and HQ. People say EQ determines how u fare at work and all that.But come on everyone goes thru a phase of instabilty at some point of their lives no matter how emotional or unemotional they are. So how can an EQ predict the performance of an individual at all times?! Hmmm that brings me to my present interest- Happiness Quotient. Really y wud a person want to take a test to determine their level of happiness?! If you are feelin really happy ur really happy and vice versa. Why need a test to prove it to yourself?!

Sometimes I have felt that happiness is surreal but then again I have also felt that watching a child’s smile is one of the most happiest things in a person’s life.Need not be one’s own child, any child for that matter!So is happines surreal?!

There are a lot of aspects to happiness..For one thing,what might give you happiness changes as time passes and changes as a person grows up and starts accepting reality.

Its quite an interesting pattern if we look at it. As children wwe seem to find hapiness in simple things..a new dress,a new toy,a nice kiss from mom and being carries on dad’s shoulders, playing with siblings especially older ones, going to the park etc

Then comes another phase where we grow a lil and we find happiness in things like getting a star from our teachers at school, getting a pat on the back coz we scored marks or jus going to play on the ground( for boys) and playing with barbies (for girls) or going out with family, vacations etc!!

As we get into college happiness becomes a lil difficult to achieve..coz it depends on other people to give us that! Sometimes its in getting into a nice college, sometimes in finding you friends from school in the same class as yours, in becoming a little famous in college, in winning a prize in some competition, when that boy/ girl you have had a crush on comes and talks to you or shopping with friends, eating out etc..

When we pass out of college and begin to work.It gets a little tougher coz as we grow up the things that give us happiness also grows along with us. Just like they say people perform at their peak during their working lives, the things that give us hapiness also reaches an all time high right then! The simple things in life no longer gives us a satisfaction or it just ceases to give us the happiness it used to give us. Hapiness for us then is derived from BIG things like getting to the top fast, geting promoted, being offered raises, “that” nice appartment with all the luxuries, “that” car, get married to “that” person, have a stable income, save for the future, have kids, put them in nice schools, give them good education…basically lead a peaceful life with no obstructions and without having to work too hard.

Then comes the later stages of life. I haven’t been through tha stage but i sure have seen the people in their later stages of life and watched them for long. Those are people who have lived a full life and are slowly ageing. They are the ones who have chased hapiness around the world, some who have worked hard and some who have hardly worked, some who have lost a lot and some who have found a lot of happiness in their lives. Those are the same people who now find happiness in the simple things of life…a nice walk, their grand children, a chat with family and ol friends, a cup of got tea or a glass of their favourite brand, jus holding hands, a visit to their religious abodes..etc…


There is a deep and cosmological connection between my birth, my parent's decision to name me what they did, my profession and my education. This brings me to the conclusion that fate is predetermined and like in Hindu mythology, is written by Brahma when someone is born. Example: My name is unique. I did my grads in Psychology. I then did my masters in HR (offshoot of following all the psychos). I then did the ultimate decision of joining an MNC in ............. beat it, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT. So, I have the concept 'MAD' in my name, my education, my choice of career and all the milestone decisions of my life. Now, is it predetermined or what ? :-D

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