Tuesday, December 18, 2012



I have a pet dog. 

Her name is Sherry. 

She is always very lively, agile and sprightly – always full of beans – and she is always cheerful, jolly and happy. 

Sherry is my true friend, philosopher and guide – she has taught me the art of living one’s life to the fullest. 

As I said, Sherry is always happy. 

I think she has mastered the art of happiness. 

This is what I have learnt from Sherry on how to be happy.  

Here is her Happiness Mantra.


If you want to be happy do these four things:
1. Try to be in the company of people who make you happy

2. Be in places which make you happy

3. Do things that make you happy

4. Live your life in such a way that your happiness in dependent on things within your own control to the maximum extent possible

Long back, sometime in the 1960’s, when I was a small boy, my father took me to visit Belur Math.

At Belur Math I acquired a tiny pocket book called “Thus Spake Vivekananda”.

Whenever the chips were down, or I felt dejected, I referred to the inspiring gems of wisdom, distilled from the complete works of Swami Vivekanada, for instant motivation and strength.

Here’s one of those gems of wisdom, a phrase from the sayings of Swami Vivekananda -

Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, and spiritually, reject as poison

I feel that the word “weak” is all encompassing and embraces anything that creates in you a stressful situation.

It includes all negative emotions and feelings like anger, irritation, fury, frustration, despondency, depression, demoralization, unhappiness and anything that disturbs your inner tranquility and equanimity and drains you emotionally and intellectually, besides literal physical weakness.

Oh yes, unhappiness is weakness, unhappiness is Poison 

Now sit down in a quiet tranquil place, close your eyes, introspect, and try to think of all the things that make you feel negative. This includes activities that irritate you and also people who hassle you.

Reflect and contemplate on all your unhappiness-creators who create unhappy emotions in you which lead to unhappy situations.


These unhappiness creators can be anything, for example:

1. Toxic People and Incompatible Persons, who irritate, annoy and hassle you 

2. Foods and beverages (like Alcoholwhich don’t suit you and are physically detrimental to your health and well-being 

3. Activities, social and personal, which may appear pleasurable, but which actually drain you out 

4. Technology and Gadgets, like your cell-phone, which disturb your peace of mind, and 

5. Strained Relationships, which are a source of unhappiness and cause stress in you,

6. Things that cause a guilty conscience in you,

7. Anything stressful and everything that is a stimulus for negative emotions like anger, worry, fear, etc

Close your eyes, introspect and think.

Think about all the persons and things that generate negative vibes, stress and unhappiness in you or make you feel “weak”. 

Then, follow Swami Vivekananda's advice:

Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, and spiritually, reject as poison

Yes, do it in actual life...

Make an exhaustive list of all the things that make you “weak” and try to reject them as “poison”.  

At first you may be a bit skeptical about this approach, but when you start implementing, you’ll be surprised how much it is in your own control to prevent unhappiness.

While you reject the things that make you "weak" and unhappy, you must also reinforce the things that make you feel "strong" and happy.  

Yes, if unhappiness is "weakness" then happiness is "strength".

Now simultaneously, reflect and contemplate, and make a list of things which give you strength and joy, make you happy and productive.

Include all the things and people that create positive feelings in you.

You must try to devote as much time and energy to doing these positive things that give you strength and spend time with positive people who make you feel good and happy.  

In a nutshell, try your best to generate happiness vibes by doing things which make you happy and try to reduce or even eliminate negative unhappiness vibes by "rejecting" things which make you "weak" and unhappy. 

It is very easy - do try it.

This unhappiness prevention technique (Happiness Mantra) works for me.

I am sure it will work for you too. 

This mantra is very effective.

And it is so breathtaking in its simplicity. 

Do tell us how it worked for you.

Dear Reader: Remember your Happiness Mantra - it is all a question of vibes

So all you have to do is to just Eliminate Unhappiness Vibes and Generate Happiness Vibes

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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