12 Pillars for Happiness!

In the month of December, I had the privilege of visiting Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) for attending a 5 day residential leadership program. Needless to say, it was absolutely brilliant. After 10 years in the corporate world, the academic program was a breath of fresh air and revitalized me and most of my fellow participants. We had a range of sessions in the program, covering the topics of Corporate Entrepreneurship, Personal and Interpersonal Effectiveness, Leadership, Strategy, Branding, Execution, Negotiating etc.

In one of the sessions, we had a spirited discussion on Happiness & Passion. Our faculty for the session, DVR Seshadri, gave us the following 12 pillars for achieving happiness :-

  • Rise to your full potential
  • Set your own metric for success
  • Give rather than take
  • The only reality is now
  • This phase will also pass
  • Have an attitude of gratitude
  • Everything happens for good
  • The last shirt has no pocket
  • Strive for balance
  • Respond, not react
  • What we know is a small part of what exists
  • Change, and the world around you changes

These are the 12 pillars for a happy life for your body, mind, heart, soul & intellect, based on the foundation of your core values.