In the ever-changing landscape of modern India, it's intriguing to see that happiness has remained a constant for many. According to the Ipsos IndiaBus Happiness Monitor, almost 3 in 4 citizens (73%) claimed to be happy in April 2023. This happiness has remained steady over the last five months, proving that Indians are quite resilient lot.
Now, happiness isn't just about that warm and fuzzy feeling; there are tangible aspects that contribute to it. For instance, Indians reported being happiest about their family (74%), friends' circle (65%), health (64%), and neighbors (57%). Lower happiness levels were seen towards economic/financial conditions (53%), the country's situation (50%), and the global situation (45%).
Parijat Chakraborty, Group Service Line Leader, Public Affairs & Corporate Reputation, Ipsos India, shared some insights, revealing that post-pandemic, the hierarchy of happiness-inducing priorities has undergone a bit of a change.
Relationships, good health, and social circles have taken the top spots, while financial conditions and global affairs, although still significant, rank lower in their priorities.
Chakraborty also noted that friends and neighbors have been upping the happiness quotient as people socialize more and interact with their neighbors. Community get-togethers have been breaking the ice, contributing to individuals' overall happiness.
The cherry on the cake is that those who are employed find happiness in their work (62%) and colleagues or business associates (61%). This highlights the importance of cultivating a positive work environment, as it significantly contributes to one's overall well-being.
This survey is a gentle reminder for all of us to reflect on what truly makes us happy. With the fast-paced nature of today's world, it's common to become consumed by the daily grind and neglect the small pleasures that bring happiness. Taking the time to appreciate our relationships, our health, and the support of our friends and neighbors can do wonders for our mental and emotional well-being.
For companies and organizations, these findings underline the significance of implementing employee wellness programs that focus on nurturing relationships, promoting health, and creating a positive work atmosphere. By fostering a sense of belonging and community, employers can boost productivity, job satisfaction, and overall happiness levels among their workforce.
Moreover, in times of crisis or turmoil, it's crucial to remember that happiness can act as a buffer against stress and anxiety. By focusing on the positive aspects of our lives, such as family, friends, and health, we can navigate through difficult periods with greater ease and resilience.
As India continues to evolve and adapt, it's heartening to see that the fundamental elements of happiness remain rooted in our relationships, health, and connections with those around us. By prioritizing these aspects, we can continue to foster a sense of happiness and well-being for ourselves and our communities.
So, as you head out to face the day, remember that happiness is all around us – in our relationships, health, and work. Make an effort to cultivate happiness in your life and the lives of those around you. Reach out to a friend, spend quality time with family, or simply take a moment to appreciate the goodness in your life.