The Happiness Project: Sharing Smiles…
After the post about Saathi Sanga Manka Kura, which is deeply connected with me, I’m here with another blog post. This time about Sharing and Spreading Happiness. Spreading LOVE, HAPPINESS & SMILE is a contagious idea and I am really really grateful to all the beautiful souls who contribute to the betterment of other people’s lives. There are many people in my circle as well who have been contributing their time and efforts for the welfare of needy ones. With the news-feed flooded by the recent incidents in Syria, the negativity and tremor have widespread across the globe. Personally, I have no superpower to control those devastating events happening. However, I wish these unwanted happenings end at the earliest and wishing to live in the world we have been envisioning. In this post, I am reflecting my experience of going on a trip along with my close friends to Ratan Pandey School in Arba village, Pokhara, Kaski. Sharing smiles with the kids and it became our happiness project…
It is said that “happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” And we have caught the butterfly; sharing smiles and smiling along. We’ve been hearing a lot that rewarding work is unbelievably important and is emphatically not related to money, fame and recognition. This time; our trip to Pokhara was practically evident in this regard. Nothing is more satisfying other than the work that brings happiness through our passionate work which also creates value in our lives and in the lives of others.Franklin D. Roosevelt put it right:“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Happiness is in sharing; smiling together!!!
True happiness comes out of sharing it with others and this time, we smiled with the kids of Ratan Pandey School at Arba, Pokhara.It was emotionally and mentally healing to see someone offer us a genuine smile. We were a lot grateful! When most of us think about what makes us happy, we tend to focus on the “things” in life that we crave or long to own. But are those the things that really make us happy? Let’s think it again!
The act of true giving is something wonderful and amazing. With many things bound with limitations, we’re blessed to have generosity, kindness and love until infinity. The more we share, the happier we become and the happiness cycle continues circulating to wider and larger number of people! A beautiful chain is created 🙂
Happiness is rather a state of being; not a destination!
While going through this post, let’s pause for as moment and take a deep breathe. Let us remind ourselves and imagine the moment when we made someone’s day; the moment when we made someone smile and in return how happy we’re. That’s true happiness; isn’t it? You bet it is!!!
It is said that a gift is something that is enjoyed twice. First by the giver who revels in the pleasure of giving something special and then also enjoyed by the person who receives the gift. Most of the times, it is not about the money or any materialistic things that we long for; it is about the things that we feel deep inside. A sincere appreciation of how beautiful his/her smile is, the way someone speaks and presents him/herself. It’s surprising how, in today’s world people compare love and affection in terms of materialistic gifts. We have forgotten that our simple act of kindness can be lifelong memory for someone. I believe we all have something to offer. How about awakening our generosity? Let’s try offering strangers a smile! We never know; that smile might make his/her day; isn’t it?“It was a great experience to have been pulled off a task as part of a group, The trip was just amazing, a thousand kilometers drive within a week’s span in itself is an adventure, and doing so with a group of friends with overwhelmingly positive energy is a moment I shall cherish for rest of my life.” – Yogesh Upreti (He was initiator of this idea and we were more than willing right when he shared it with us. Also, he was the driver who drove us all the way from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu. And it was not just once but twice in a row within 2 weeks of duration. Thank you so much Mr. Driver 😉 We all love you for being such a humble, patient, tolerant and what not)
Paradoxical it seems when we talk about multiplier effect of kindness, love and generosity. I along with my friends truly felt special when we were part of this wonderful process. We offered those kids without any expectations and desires and in return we got limitless satisfaction.The acts of giving and receiving are a continuous process of circulation which is also related to life energies. In order to receive, someone has to offer and vice versa. In the end it’s a mutual feeling. The receiver gives and giver receives something. This flow of positive cycle continues forward.
““For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo EmersonWhen we share something we can easily connect with people in so many ways. I was helped by many people in the past. Still there are many people who are directly or indirectly helping me in different ways. One of my mentors taught me an idea of “paying forward”. The idea of paying forward is absolutely beautiful. In many instances, people have helped me financially, emotionally and in many other ways. I cannot pay them back the way they did to me. So I can forward those kinds of help to other people in need.“Execution of the setup went exceptionally well given that work environment and setup had to be prepared with in less than 4 working hours on the project location including both visits. Personally I’m very honored to have given the opportunity to work with these 6 efficient people all of whom have their own speciality. The part that worried me during the observation was the curiosity and excitement of the students will limit upto themselves as they were shy/hesitant to come in front. At the same time we can imagine the process would have been messy if everybody were open and everyone wanted there opinions to be heard. Which ever way it went my perspective of successful project would have been achieved if we could have seen them “leading themselves”. By this I don’t mean they (students) need a leader. But someone who can be a focal person or mediator between students and the school or related parties. Some of the schools have Class Captain or Monitor to control the class and inform all the mischievous behavior of students when teacher is not around (at least I faced this when I was at my school or this is what I did when I was a Class Monitor), we can use this mechanism, modify it to Class Mediators who would not only control/monitor the class but also mediate/inform student’s needs with the respective parties. Overall the E-Library setup project went exceptionally well and we’ve completed the 1st lap which will contribute in school’s goals of providing quality education and increasing number of students utilizing them. But the coming laps of effective implementation, monitoring, reforms and addressing students needs will get more challenging as the number increases. One of the key to minimize this could be Class Mediators who will inform/communicate the issues and discuss about solutions before the issue gets big enough to be noticed as a major challenge.” – Aman Dingdung (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBHFtRRhLqPCS4QT-bdGqQA)“5 indifferent people inside a tiny vehicle; it was no less than the beginning of a roller-coaster ride. The dark yet an affirmative trail was all set to welcome us towards a delightful journey. Sidesplitting puns, double meaning anecdotes, soul stirring conversation and pacifying wind was accompanying us on this blissful voyage. YOGESH, our super-rider, was in charge of smoothly progressing ahead. Even the feverish traffic jam turned out to be unbelievably astounding. We reached Pokhara at 7:30 in the morning without an iota of nap. Clueless, homeless, sleepless; the only thing that wasn’t ‘less’ was our bonding and the passion towards our work. Amid all the predicaments and hurly-burlies, we managed to successfully fix up the internet in Ratan Pandey School in Arba, Pokhara. The reaction of the students and teachers upon the installation of internet was invaluable. They seemed to be euphoric, as it was the beginning of a brand new expedition full of information and knowledge. Nothing in this world can replace the sheer joy of helping others as someone rightly said ‘integrity is choosing your thoughts and values based on actions rather than personal gain. “ – Upakar Pandey“Probably my first road trip with a gang in a private vehicle. What more fun was the flexibility of stopping anywhere in the highway and taste local foods. Choices of musics, dance and many of the adult jokes made it more fun. I was equally satisfied by the outcome of our work ” – Sapan Hamal (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCme2mUH8xemb5_F65e93TMg/featured)This two Pokhara trips were completely different experience for me as a traveler and I guess for my friends as well. But it’s totally rewarding. The smiles on the faces of those innocent kids of Ratan Pandey School, Pokhara would be cherished for lifetime. A big thanks to all the people directly/indirectly involved in this wonderful initiative. Cheers!!!