The Importance of a Positive Outlook!

We often underestimate the power of optimism and pessimism. Your thoughts govern your tomorrow! Hope you like the story! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe! Have a great day 🙂

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The cold wind made the thin branches shiver, and the last leaf on the old tree gently floated downwards, and found a corner on the ground. It could slowly feel itself growing weaker. It began to shrivel up, and lose it’s bright green colour. Or was it just imagining things?

The leaf stared up at the oak, with bloodshot eyes. They shone with passion, deep hatred and a desire for revenge.

‘Why did you give up on me so easily?’, it questioned.

The oak turned it’s eyes towards the powerless leaf on the ground, which struggled to gain a hold onto the ground, and not let the chilly wind blow it away to strange, mysterious lands.

‘You gave up on yourself- you didn’t want to live through the winter.’

The leaf supressed a desire to belt out insensitive words. It looked back at the last few weeks of its life, carefully analysing each moment- the weeks before the chilly North wind shook the trees and weak leaves found new homes on the ground.

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The sunlight filtered through the clouds, falling in patches on the ground.

The clouds lazily floated across the sky.
The trees stared up at the sky. The clouds resembled bales of cotton. A soft breeze blew through their branches. Winter would be here in a month.

The leaves grumbled. They hated the winter! It would freeze the water in their veins, and make them weak. They would begin to lose their colour, and eventually die.

It was as if they knew they were going to die. On the outside, they grumbled and couldn’t understand why they had to go through all this. On the inside, they knew that their end was near, and that each one of them would eventually be lying on the cold, hard ground.

The oak tree let out a sigh. Wrinkles crept into its bark, and it began to pity its leaves. Were they always so pessimistic? No!

He remembered how they danced to the soft current of the summer breeze, after the essence of Spring had faded away. They were so busy enjoying their highs, that they looked past their lows. It seemed as though they were too scared to pay attention to anything that did not involve them being happy.

“If you live through the winter, you can enjoy the fruits of Spring!”, said the old oak.

The leaves stared at him as though he had uttered something unspeakable- a strict taboo.

The oak frowned.
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Their brainless banter went on for several weeks. Day after day, the oak grew sicker and sicker of hearing the same old phrases:

‘We won’t live through the winter,’
‘We’re all going to fall to the ground soon,’
‘Let’s begin to loosen our hold on the world.’

He reached a point where he readily wished that the leaves would be gone.
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At last, Winter came.
It lay its icy fingers on everything that crossed its path.
Everything around the tree was either grey or white- the snow choked rivers, the thin layer of snow on the treetops, the layer of ice on the ponds and several small pools of water.

Chilly winds swept by, and one after the other, the leaves glided downwards, and found a spot on the ground.
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The leaf broke free from the memories of its past, and opened it’s eyes.
It looked around- several other leaves lay beside it.

It wondered- had its pessimism moulded its fate?

It stared up at the tree- longing to find a warmer spot on the branch, craving water.

It’s pessimism had changed its life completely, and these changes were permanent. They couldn’t be undone.

It began to lose its colour- from a dark green shade to a lighter shade of green, yellow and then brown.

It met its end exactly the way it thought it would.
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In life, we make several choices, that go on to govern our fate. Remember: the choices and decisions we make today will shape our tomorrow. If we make the right choices today, we will witness miracles tomorrow.

Positive thinking plays a huge part in all our lives. It is very rightly said- something will happen to you only if YOU allow it to. If you allow negativities and negative people to sidetrack you from achieving your greater goals, then you’ll have to pay the price for it.
Expectations and the thoughts- both positive and negative make a major impact in our daily lives.

Everyone wants to wake up to a perfect day- bright, sunny and productive. But remember- only you can make your day the way you’d like it to be. A positive outlook can make even a bleak, dreary day seem interesting.

My piece of advice is- don’t allow unimportant things to drag you down. If you allow such things to influence you, you’re just missing out on life’s bigger picture!!

You’re worth something today, but your thinking can change your worth- for the better.

Also, your negativity can also influence the people around you. Don’t be a dark cloud on someone’s sunny town. If you lose hope in yourself, how can you ever expect someone else to have an unswerving belief in you?

I hope you found something valuable to take away from this example. Be positive, and see the change YOURSELF! Here’s hoping nothing but the best, for you!

Have a great weekend!!
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Don’t let Temporary Defeat make you Quit.

On the road to success, you will have to face defeat. This defeat is only temporary- however, most people cannot cope with the feeling of remorse that comes along with temporary defeat, and give up. Think of it this way- a tiny raft will never make it to the shore, if it refuses to win over the choppy waters of the ocean. It will sink! Never give up, even when all hope is lost. You’re closest to the finish line,in that very moment. A marathon runner needs to give his final dash towards the end, just when he is a few metres from the finish line. Similarly, put on your bravest face right when adversity strikes. Fuel your dreams, because you might be just metres away from the finish line- procuring your goal.

Some important things to note:

-Your dreams and goals are your own. Don’t let anyone tell you that any dream is too big or any goal is too hard to achieve. If you’ve dreamt it, you can do it.

-If your desire to achieve is strong enough, temporary defeat will not sidetrack you from your purpose.

-When life knocks you down, get back up. 🙂 Just getting back up on your feet gets you brownie points. I’m not kidding!

Persistence and faith are important to help translate your dreams into reality, and preventing defeat from getting to you.

If I’m persistent, I will chase my goals whenever I see them running away from me. The reason I am chasing my goals is because I have faith in myself- I’m sure, that if I try hard enough, I’ll get to them.

On December 9, 1914, Thomas Edison watched his factory burn down to the ground, in West Orange, New Jersey. That was probably one of the biggest setbacks he had faced in his entire career- he watched years of hard-work, priceless research papers and experiments crumble right before his eyes. He used this setback to his benefit. Although he was 67 years old, he remarked that he would get back to working the next day. He rebuilt his factory, worked harder than ever, and went on to make a huge profit, over the course of the next four years. He didn’t lock himself up in a room, and mope over his loss. He got to building the factory from scratch, and that set him apart from any other man who had faced failures and setbacks. He looked beyond his temporary defeat, and used it as a stepping stone to a bigger, greater, better reality.

Successful people use challenges to their benefit. Being defeated is a temporary condition, dropping everything and giving up makes it necessarily permanent. If you are determined to make an impact, just believe in yourself, and keep going. Follow the light at the end of the dark tunnel. 🙂

On a parting note, here’s a dose of #MondayMotivation from me!

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Have a splendid week! I hope your week abounds in joy, peace and success. Looking forward to connecting with you.

-Dhruv. 🙂

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Happiness is primary. I’ve often heard people say that, with fake smiles plastered on their faces. For an instant, all their troubles are concealed by a smile, a cover-up. Like an ingenious alibi to a murderer. Everything seems perfect for an instant. 

But the question is- are we really happy? Often regarded as a silly question, we often fumble while answering it. It’s all too much. People looking right into your eyes, earnestly. ‘Are you really happy?’

Somewhere between working to achieve the goals others had envisioned for us, to letting go of our own dreams, we all lost true happiness. It’s important to know that being happy is a 24/7 commitment. You will have obstacles along the way that will sidetrack you from happiness, but it’s important to be happy regardless of anything. 

For most people, happiness is something that’s a long-term goal, something that would go down on their bucket list, and probably top it too. If you don’t tell yourself to be happy today, in the present, your future is not going to change. Let me give you an example- A farmer works hard all year round, ploughing his field, using the highest grade of fertilisers. He works tirelessly, regardless of the season. He patiently awaits the rains, to quench the parched land. He plants the seeds in well-constructed rows, hoping for a good harvest that year. Much to his dismay, a fierce storm ravages the village. His seeds flow away with the flood, leaving him with nothing, but a barren strip of land. He has two options- he can either make himself believe that his life is ruined, or he can get back on his feet, and look for ways to make the ground fertile again. There are always options for a situation. Similarly, you can either choose to be happy today, right away, or choose not to be happy at all, and make yourself believe that your life is ruined. It’s that simple. Happiness is an option. 

Find things that make you happy. Start with simple ones. Do the things you love. Wake up everyday, with something to look forward to. Never stop being excited about the things that you are passionate about, the things that ignite a spark deep inside you, the things that make you feel alive. 

Imagine this- you are a chef, preparing a huge feast. You’re adding all your ingredients into a giant cauldron. A small pinch of salt. some sugar. You’re careful not to miss out on anything, because even the smallest modification would alter the taste of the dish you’re working so hard to make. Similarly, happiness is a crucial ingredient for the achievement of your purpose. If you’re careful not to leave out your happiness on the way to your purpose, you’ll be more satisfied in the end. 

I hope you have a great week, and I’d like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to you, for your unswerving support. Thank you for taking the time out to read my blog, to share your thoughts and feedback, and for always having my back. 

Feel free to reach out to me!

Best regards,

Dhruv Gupta.

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Taking the Leap of Faith

Sometimes, you just have to trust your instincts, and take the leap of faith. We’re all subjected to uncomfortable situations in our daily lives, that prompt us to step out of our comfort zones. But if you trust your instincts, and do what you think is right, you will be able to take this transition with a greater ease.

I learnt how to swim when I was three. Every summer, I’d go through a rigorous training, that lasted for about a month. The pool was divided into three sections, and it got deeper as one crossed over from one section to another. On my first day, I was allowed to be in the shallow end of the pool, that was about 5 feet deep. I threw up a fit, obviously. I was scared, and confused, and worried for my life. But somewhere deep inside me, I knew that the right thing to do would be stepping out of my comfort zone, and experimenting with something new. Slowly but surely, I managed to learn the basic movements and techniques. In about a week, I could swim around just fine, all by myself. I was certainly overjoyed- I had trusted my instincts, taken the leap of faith, and conquered an irrational fear that had plagued my mind for the last two weeks. Everything was on track- for the first two weeks, I’d swim in the shallow end for about an hour, call it a day, and go back home.

A few days later, my instructor asked me to move to the deeper end of the pool. This time, it was about eight feet deep, and I was more terrified than ever. It seemed like an impossible task, according to my three-year old brain. Once again, the tantrums began, and I refused to budge. My Mum urged me to try it out once, but I was obstinate. Why did I have to move to the deeper end, when I was swimming just fine, in the shallower end?

‘But Mom,’ I’d argue. ‘I know how to swim now. I can swim in the five-feet end. Look!’ I’d say, jumping into the water, vigorously flapping my arms like a crazed bird, trying to prove my point to her. She’d sigh and shake her head.

The next day, despite all my tears, I found myself clinging onto the ladder that led to the 8-feet section. And, this instance served as an example for years to come. Often, as humans, we hold onto things for temporary comfort and safety, afraid to face the harsh realities and situations that have cropped up around us. My message to you would be- don’t cling onto the ladder. Don’t shy away from swimming to the middle of the pool, where the water is the deepest, and there’s no going back. Once I let go of the ladder and began swimming across, I knew I couldn’t get out unless I made it to the other side. And that became my goal and purpose- letting go of false reassurance, challenging myself, stepping out of my comfort zone, and getting to the other side of the pool. The joy and confidence that trickled in along with the sense of achievement and pride are inexplicable.

About a week later, I moved on to the deepest end of the pool. The water looked daunting and fiercely intimidating. I peeked into the pool, standing close to it. The water looked dark, scary and mysterious. I dipped one foot into the water, and instantly withdrew. The water was ice cold. I almost let out a scream.

I took a leap of faith later, eventually. I jumped into the pool. Probably one of the best decisions I ever made. I tried my best not to sink, as my instructors watched over me. My mom stood by the pool, nervously looking at me. Although she had encouraged me to overcome my fears, deep inside, she was worried for my safety too. I didn’t look back. I trusted my instincts. I got out on the other side, beaming. I had won over my fears. My mom was beaming with happiness and pride.

Since then, I went swimming every summer. Eventually, they asked us to jump off the diving boards, which again required a lot of courage. I had to jump off a 30-foot high diving board, into the water that was another 15 feet deep. Would I want to plummet 45 feet downwards, and roll into a ball on impact? No, thank you. But I did it anyway. Maybe because my gut told me to jump off the diving board, no matter how high it was and no matter how scary the view was, all the way from the top.

Honestly, it did hurt a lot, the first time. Falling from such a height, the water felt like concrete. I thought I’d broken all my bones, but my arms began to fall involuntarily, and I knew I wouldn’t sink, if I tried. I felt alive, and free.

Now, whenever I am in a scary, uncomfortable situation, I look back, and think of all these situations. Whenever I’ve had to deliver a speech at school, talk to a large group of people, or showcase my abilities, I know that I’ll get far; if I trust my instincts.

In any situation, the hard part is taking the leap of faith. The first, big jump. Once you take that, you’re good to go. Nothing can take you down. Even in an aircraft, the pilot’s main worry is executing a safe, hassle-free take-off. So many things could go wrong, right then. A bird could get caught in the engines, the plane could catch fire, there could be any other emergency on-board. Although such scary visions pop into his head, he does take off. He puts all the force he has, into propelling the plane. Once the airplane is in the sky, the rest of the journey is relatively easier. Maybe, he knows that if he can execute a successful take-off, there’s nothing he can’t do.

We all have goals and targets to accomplish. Just know that everything you want to achieve requires hard-work and a desire to step out of your comfort zones. People who are pioneers today never got all that they have by clinging to things that gave them comfort.

Let me share an interesting fact with you. When baby giraffes are born, after a fourteen-month gestation period, they land on their heads. Ouch, right? I bet that landing headfirst on the ground would hurt. On the contrary, this fall helps them to start breathing. What if a baby giraffe would say- ‘I’m scared to land on my head. Please provide an alternative?’ He would never live, for starters. If this blow helps the baby giraffe to begin its life, just imagine how the step you’re so afraid to take today will change yours, forever.

After falling, the baby giraffes are up again, and begin walking in about an hour after birth. They cannot mope and crib about their injuries. If they choose to do so, they won’t be able to suckle, and will lose out on nutrition. It’s important to stand up, tall, after you take your first step. No matter how bad it might prove to be, moping about it will do you greater harm than anything else.

The main conclusion is- trust your instincts. Do something that terrifies you, everyday. That’s the only way you’ll grow as an individual.

A sense of comfort is illusory. It will only last for so long. If you’re not willing to be up and doing, ready to face anything, you will be residing with a fake sense of accomplishment. That’s not a pretty sight, is it?

Ultimately, the power of decision-making rests with you. But it’s important to note, that being afraid will be fruitless.

Let’s push in some physics concepts right here. I’m sure we’ll all heard of circular motion. A body revolving in a circular path, at a constant speed. However, the displacement of the body is zero. Zilch. The body started out from a point, in full speed, but is now back to the same point. No work is done.

Similarly, staying in our comfort zones and abstaining from taking the leap of faith brings us back to the spot we started our journey from. Back to square one. We end up making no progress.

Today, my Mom often jokes, that I can swim possibly anywhere. No matter how deep the water might be. This brings with it a sense of accomplishment, that wraps around me, almost like a warm hug. Now that I know how to swim, I can swim just about anywhere. Similarly, try stepping out of your comfort zone once, and doing it over and again will be effortless and natural, with time. You’ll see for yourself. 🙂

Taking ‘A Leap Of Faith’ is doing something, whose outcome cannot be defined and explained in the very beginning. And that’s what makes it so special. Not knowing what would happen, what could go wrong.

Believe in yourself, and nothing in the world will be hard to do anymore. If I can do it, so can you! May you abound in joy and happiness and success, now and always.

 

-Dhruv.

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An Ode to My Father. :)

My father is my first superhero. With every passing day, I try to emulate his qualities, and be a little more like him.

Dear Dad,

Thank you for loving us unconditionally, and teaching us to live with no regrets. We often fail at things, and fall, too afraid to get back up on our feet. Thank you for making us realise the value of courage, and what it means to face our fears headstrong. Thank you for pushing me to try new things, to venture in unchartered territories, and step out of my comfort zone, because all of these have played a major role in making me who I am, today.

You serve as an example of greatness to us, and we aspire to be a little more like you each day. Being a father is hard. Endless responsibilities to fulfil, countless hopes and dreams to live up to, and a million promises make. The road is not a smooth one, filled with its own ups- and downs, and dangerous curves. You are a role model, a guide and a motivator, challenging us to be better people each day. Despite everything you have worked hard to achieve, you serve as a leading example of humility, kindness and strength. Thanks for teaching me that no matter where I get in life, my feet should always be planted firmly on the ground. 🙂

Thank you for fulfilling our dreams, and contributing to our larger goals and purpose. Nothing I’ve achieved today would be possible without you backing me, encouraging me to go on, even if the idea of success seemed distant and bleak.

What I’ve learnt from you, are the values of trust, honesty, generosity and courage. I know I will never be a better father than you, and thank you for that. 🙂 You are irreplaceable, and life without you is unfathomable.

I’m sorry for all the times we’ve made you upset, and thank you for handling each such situation with so much care. Children aspire to be a reflection of their parents. Thanks for setting the bar so high, encouraging me to test my limits to get there.

To the best father in the world, a go-getter, a winner, a role-model, a superhero- all amalgamated into one person, Happy Father’s Day.

Love,

Dhruv. 🙂

So, What’s Next?

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In light of the recent board exam results, here’s my take on what’s next. Remember- this is not the end, no matter what. It’s just the beginning 🙂

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Another academic year has drawn to an end, and millions of teenagers across the country have received the fruit of their hard-work and tireless striving- their board exam results.

This period of time is particularly stressful for parents and children alike. We’re all on the edge of our seats, eager to know what destiny holds in store for us. We’ve all spent sleepless nights studying and worrying about our exams. We’ve had roadblocks in our journey, times when we felt giving up was much easier than moving on. But, here we are- we lived through it all, and we’ve emerged stronger, and smarter.

Ever since I was a child, countless acquaintances have asked me this question- ‘What would you like to be, when you grow up?’

My answer was different each time. How I miss my halcyon days! My mind was eager to figure everything out, eager to learn. I longed to be something different each day. I wanted to be an author, a pilot, a cardiologist, a speaker, an astronaut- my fickle mind couldn’t stick to one profession.

‘I want to be everything at once!’ I’d exclaim, not knowing that it would be impossible to be everything I wanted.

And then, ever so suddenly. I grew up.

The child in me was lost somewhere, or so I think. I didn’t have answers to questions anymore. I didn’t know where I was going, and what I wanted to do.

I felt bogged down, and defeated, by the education system. Somehow, the pressure became too much to handle.

One by one, I let go of all the ambitions I’d been holding so close to my heart. Suddenly, I didn’t want to go to space anymore, and feel the stars. I didn’t want to fly an airplane either. I stopped working on story ideas- just because people asked me to  pick something different.

My parents stood by me through it all, reaffirming my belief in the fact that I could be whatever I wanted- as long as I was happy. 🙂

But people around me thought otherwise. I was encouraged to abandon my ‘unrealistic’ dreams, and pick something more common, better perceived by society.

Suddenly, the opinions of relatives who didn’t matter started meaning a lot to me. I was frustrated, because I was pressurised by them to make a decision; and to make one quickly.

I was encouraged to pick a stream that they thought I should.

‘But your grades are so good!’ they’d justify their claim. ‘Don’t waste your intelligence doing something mediocre.’

Today, I’m proud to say, that I’ve let go of their opinions. My parents have supported me in every way, and that’s what has made all the difference.

My message to parents across the country would be- ‘Don’t crush your child’s dream.’

Your children are afraid of the future too. They might not have the answers to all your questions. Let them learn, let them grow. They’ll find their way.

Not every child is meant to be a doctor or an engineer. Sure, they might be smart enough to crack the exams, in your opinion. But ask them if that’s really what they want to do with their lives.

Is that where they see themselves, in the next ten years? Above all- will being an engineer make them happy?

My purpose in staking a claim is not to demean any profession. Each profession is respectable in it’s own way. What I mean to say is- let your child make this decision.

Support them in every way- mentally and emotionally. Your support is more valuable to them than anybody else’s.

The never-ending race for good grades is frustrating too. Let your child know, that your love them, regardless of their grades.

The time before results is stressful for everyone. Let your child not lose his/her way, amidst expectations pitted against him/her, by others.

Each child is unique and special. Each child has a purpose, a true calling they long to answer to. Let your child know how proud you are, no matter what. A report-card is not a true reflection of a person’s character. Your child is much, much more than the grades tagged along with him/her.

The world is waiting to see what each child has, to offer. Empower your kids, support their decisions. They will stumble and fall along their path, struggling to make their way. But what they’ll never forget is that you gave them a privilege of making a decision, allowing them to do what they wanted to. And they’ll be grateful to you for that, forever. 🙂

Hope can see you through.

Isn’t hope something that keeps us all alive? As humans, we’re all striving to get better, and to get farther tomorrow than we are today. Through this poem, I’ve explained how the old oak, who survived the bitter winter, never lost hope, and emerged victorious at the end of it all.

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Come summer, the Oak flourishes,

Ready to share with the world its ripeness and riches.

The emerald leaves shiver to the scorching notes of the warm wind,

Summer breathes life into it.

The Oak is home to summer’s guests,

Insects delve deep into its rich bark,

While birds make nests.

A state of ripeness and pure perfection,

Life back from the dead, it’s the tree’s resurrection,

After the chills of winter, at its icy hands,

That deprived the land of any form of vegetation.

The Oak spreads its branches far and wide,

And its leaves sway to the wind with a graceful stride.

‘Summer should never leave’, the Oak prays,

It wishes to flourish under the sun’s golden rays.

Seasons pass, and things have changed,

The things that once took shelter under the oak’s bark,

Are now estranged.

The birds have now flown to warmer lands,

To elude the grasp of Winter’s icy, frosty hands.

“The cycle must go on,” says the Oak,

“And I must live through this stroke of ill-luck.”

The Oak stood tall and white,

With sheets of ice illuminating the moonless night.

“Light will come,” the Oak believes,

He hoped for happiness and for relief.

He knew that the birds that once lived on its branches would come around,

Small insects would be merry, and scurry across the ground.

He lived through Winter, and never lost hope,

Just like a shipwrecked sailor clinging onto a piece of wood,

Hoping to stay afloat.

Just then, the first rays of summer,

Poured in through the cotton-candy clouds,

Making the air warmer around,

Lightening up the cold, hard ground.

The first chirp of a bird was distinctly heard,

Ringing through the air.

The Oak welcomed its guests with open arms,

And its leaves began to dance.

Slowly, the insects began to peep out.

Out of exultation and delight, the Oak began to shout.

Summer was back,

Back again,

Hope had seen him through, yet again.

And as it is rightly said,

Hope can paint black days yellow and red.

Hope can set every wrong right,

Just don’t let it leave your sight.

The Oak sighed with satisfaction,

And it beamed in exultation.

The Oak had survived the winter, hoping for moments like those,

As its life changed, from a prickly thorn,

To a beautiful, blossoming rose.

Mental Health Awareness.

 

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May is regarded as ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’ globally. Through various forms of media outlets like movies, newspapers and screenings, organisations championing this cause reach out to people, and try to change their lives for the better. Through this post, I have explored the realm of mental health and it’s sheer importance. I hope to empower people, and make them less afraid of tackling such issues. Remember- seeking help when you need it most is not a sign of weakness or vulnerability. It’s only saving you more trouble later!😀

Don’t forget to like and share this post. I hope you have a great week!

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We’re all striving for perfect health- aspiring to reach the zenith of health, free from any physical complications, living each day in the hope of a better tomorrow. We’re slowly drowning under red, orange, blue, green pills- each pill is almost like portable magic- providing an instant cure to a variety of diseases. We’ve found cures to our daily aches and pains, We’re also fairly open about discussing our problems. Well, not all of them. What remains hidden, under layers of fake smiles and eye contact and warm handshakes, is the lack of mental peace and happiness. A person who is inflicted by mental wounds, if untreated or undiagnosed, is probably at a greater risk than someone with a minor illness and a proper diagnosis.

Discussing mental illness openly has been considered a taboo for so long now. We all are generally not embarrassed to admit what we’re going through, but when it comes to mental health, it’s usually an untouched territory. Almost like an uninhabited town. It is as though our minds have ceased to be important. As long as our hearts and other vital organs work well, and perform bodily functions rhythmically, we’re fine. Mental health has become secondary.

Pills can’t buy you happiness. Sure, they can bring temporary comfort and often serve as a much needed distraction. But being mentally happy and healthy is of prime importance. How do you expect your body to function well, if you are not happy? Remember- you must work on yourself and your mental health. It might not seem like something that requires immediate attention. Sure, the economy, current affairs and the dangers of an impending war are all pressing issues that we need to worry about, but what about your own happiness?

If you need help, get help. Don’t think twice or hesitate- because that’s doing greater damage to yourself than not addressing the problem- knowing about it, but refusing to rectify it. For instance- A road contractor is given an assignment. He needs to work on making a highway. The construction begins, but he realises certain fallacies in the project. Now that it has come to light, he has two, basic options. He can either chose to overlook it, or act on it, and rectify the damage by getting external help, ignore required.

Let’s analyse this situation. If he overlooks the faults, the highway would still be made. A weak foundation would be laid, that wouldn’t last long, and eventually give way. Even the smallest accident could be fatal. It would result in the death of so many commuters. If he chooses to handle the situation effectively and look into it, and make the necessary changes, he’s indirectly saving so many lives.

Your mental Heath is purely in your own hands. If you choose to overlook it, you’re not only causing damage to yourself, but also to those around you. On the other hand, if you address the problem effectively and maturely, you’re doing yourself a favour. You are securing a happier tomorrow for yourself and everybody around you.

Some days, getting out of bed is hard. You have no goals, nothing to look forward to, and you are mentally unfit. These are small signs- signalling you to take charge of the matter, as a mature individual.

If you’re comfortable talking about a headache or a throat infection, this is no different. Don’t be afraid to talk about mental health and illnesses to those around you. You never know where you might find help.

Find reasons to be happy. There are plenty! I’ve compiled a list of Thirteen Reasons why I’m happy, and I’d advise you to do so too 🙂

1. My family- I’ve had such a strong support system in the form of my family. We discuss issues like mental health and happiness on a regular basis, and that’s what is important. Understanding each other has been much easier because of this.
2. Friends- My friends have always made sure that I’m mentally fit and healthy, and have gone to great lengths to help me feel so.
3. Books- For me, books are a great way of taking a quick escape or break from an otherwise mundane day.
4. Writing. 📝- Find your true calling. For me, writing is a passion. It helps me reach out to so many people, to share my perspective of the world, and to spread happiness.
5. Good movies! 🎞🎬
6. Music! 🎙- Music has helped shape me as a person, and has changed me for the better.
7. Having the opportunity to reach out to so many people, through my blog! 💜
8. Poetry- Is the music of the soul. If you’re feeling a certain way, go ahead and write it down. Let your emotions spill out onto a sheet of paper, rather than keeping them locked up inside you, in a deep, dark corner.
9. Not being afraid to accept the fact that there are days when I feel  lost and ready to quit, but I realise that if I accept it instead of denying it, I can help improve my condition at that moment.

10. Having a great support system🤗
11. Being healthy; mentally and physically. 😀
12.Having another beautiful day, surrounded by the people I love and care for. ❤
13.Realising my true calling and purpose, and working towards it.

Wishing you happiness and success. Here’s wishing you gave your demons and tackle them, and emerge victorious: stronger, braver and happier. Rooting for your success and happiness! 😀🤞🏻

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