START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

My Idea of Happiness

My Idea of Happiness


The scent that rises off the earth after the first monsoon shower
Snuggling inside my blanket on a cold night, with hot cocoa and a cool book
Waking up to find that yesterday’s marigold buds have blossomed into flowers

These are the simple things that make me happy. Here is what a few of my friends told me about their ‘happiness list’:

“I was really happy on my first day in Amsterdam. I had traveled out of India only as a kid, so being in a beautiful foreign city – was truly amazing. I had tears stinging my eyes, watching the manicured fields and blue skies there. Itís how you feel when someone cleans your glasses for you, after they have been really dirty.” Ambika, photographer

“I was happy just a little while ago, looking out of my study door while on the computer – and seeking the beautiful frangipani tree in my pot grow elegantly – because it seemed so pure and untouched and†made me think like it.” - Sherry, fashion designer

“It was just yesterday. I took my 10-year-old out for a lunch date. Felt so complete and so proud when he shared his feelings with such trust. Or maybe this morning. when I sat with my daughter and talked to her about her friend and she opened her heart to me. Or maybe when I am talk to a close friend without a care for what I am saying…just being myself.

I have realized that happiness is not really relationship-centric. In the midst of grief you may still feel happy. In fact, I wonder if happiness becomes more intense when you are in the midst of pain. because that is when you know its worth.” - Seema, television producer

Hearing their beautiful thoughts, I realize, yet again, how simple happiness really is, and how easily within reach...

Read more: Family, Friendship, Guidance, Inspiration, Life, Love, Mental Wellness, Relationships, Self-Help, Spirit, , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


+ add your own
12:53PM PST on Nov 10, 2013

Being Appreciative :)

7:05PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

thanks for sharing.....

6:48PM PST on Nov 25, 2012


3:05AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Noted, thank you.

3:16PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Lovely - the flowers are just heavenly! Thanks for sharing with us!

9:17AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012


12:19PM PDT on Sep 14, 2012


1:58PM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

It truly are those simple and appreciated moments that outweigh the big surprises!

1:09PM PST on Jan 25, 2012

thank you

9:07AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Thank you

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I think it is the right direction! Yes, McDonalds as a company is still not healthy for this planet …

Thanks for sharing

I had one once and she asked the right things.

I learned most of these through trial and error . . . oh, so many errors!


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!