For a change I spoke about happiness this time during Barcamp bangalore event. I think we had 10-12 people out in cafeteria for this session. I am a big fan of James Altucher & Kamal Ravikant, they are very successful in life. I rate them as my happiness mentor.
Since barcamp is a unconference i made no slide, I will just add entry of my notepad which has meat of the talk.
We were born naked
One of the things which a dying person says, I wish i was more happy.
So what is happiness?
— Buying clothes/jewellery during flipkart`s #bigbilloin sale.
— Planning to spend evening at microbrewery drinking IPA
— Or asking out hottest gal in your class for coffee/dinner
What if things don’t work out?
— Flipkart server crashers, your money is sent back to your account.
— The microbrewery says IPA is not on tap tonight.
—The gal says, you are cute but i have other engagements.
In all these 3 scenarios one thing is common, our need is dependent on actions which are not in our control. The end result is, we end up being un-happy. OOh we go tweet, shout at poor waiter or block the girl on whatsapp.
Is it going to change anything? I don’t think so.
James Altucher on Happiness
Only thing that matters to you is your happiness.
- Not happy with job, change it.
- Not happy in a relationship, break it.
- Don’t let external forces affect your state of happiness
Kamal Ravikant on Happiness
- Its your life and if should be in your hand.
- Be kind
- Love yourself
- Money will come & go, what matters is you, your state of well being, your mental state.
I would strongly recommend you folks to follow Kamal & James on Twitter & also read the books they have written.
James Altucher Choose Yourself
Kamal Ravikant Love yourself like your life depends on it
Lastly you can get these 2 books for free by participating in James Altucher’s Ultimate Book Giveaway