How two kids and a bean bag gave me the best lesson in happiness!

Have you ever wondered how kids can be so happy for no reason? Yes, no reason at all!

The other day it was great celebration in our household when we got the one thing we have wanted for a very long time (no, not a dog, though that’s still on the top of the list), a bean bag!!!

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Now traditionally bean bag is just a thing to sit on right? Yes , i thought so too , but my kids turned that notion literally over its head when they turned the simple bean bag into a wonderful happiness machine. How? Let me give you a few examples of how the bean bag gets “utilized”:

  • The Game of Turtles – I hear a voice calling out to me from under the bean bag. I go near it and suddenly the head of my child pops out and shouts “ma , look i am a turtle!!!”. I burst out laughing, had definitely not seen that coming. You always “sit” on a bean bag, who could have thought a bean bag sitting on you could be so hilarious? Just so you know, the kids spent the next hour playing turtle, turtle , with loads of giggles and fun, with the added bonus of peace and bliss for the haggard mother.
  • The Punching bag – Yes , I too empathise with the bean bag but better it than me or worse, each other!
  • The Bofa – That is , bean bag on the sofa , yes , that precarious position is possible. You will be lucky if they do that under adult supervision.
  • The bean bag couch : A couple pillows, kids tucked in with their bed sheets and there, you have a makeshift couch. Added bonus of whispered stories , giggles and yes, happiness.

So what makes them happy ? My guess, they are creative with their happiness , they have no rules for happiness. Anything can make them happy whereas only few things make them sad. Isn’t that a wonderful way to live life? Generally it is the other way around with us adults , we have such rigid rules as to what will make us happy. Anything that doesn’t conform to that makes us miserable or at the least not so happy.

I have heard, the small kingdom of Bhutan has this amazing way of measuring prosperity using Gross National Happiness instead of the usual GDP. I do not claim to know anything about the efficacy of the system, but i am definitely impressed with the idea. Imagine how would it be if your company had a happiness index? Where, your happiness score could be one of the factors in measuring your performance, or your happiness score could get you a free travel card for your next trip? As happiness is contagious and people cannot but spread happiness when they themselves are happy , it is a win-win scenario for both the employers and the employees, not to mention customers. Anything that can be measured can be acted upon leading to the conclusion that if happiness could be measured it can be improved.

The internet is filled with a plethora of happiness articles such as benefits of being happy , why you should be happy , how you can choose to be happy and so on. My only take on it is we must be more creative in being happy. If we realise how dramatically the quality of life improves just by choosing happy to be our natural state , it will automatically be a priority in life. Let’s make it a priority and like a spring keep returning to our happy states. As Abraham Lincoln once said “People were just about as happy as they made their minds up to be”.

So, what do you think? can we be as creative as kids when it comes to our happiness? Can happiness index be a reality in companies? What are your professional and personal happiness hacks? Feel free to let me know your views in the comments section.

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