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Neena Gupta's pursuit of happiness

Deccan Chronicle.| AJULI TULSYAN

Published on: August 28, 2023 | Updated on: August 28, 2023
Neena Gupta

Neena Gupta

Neena Gupta, celebrated not only for her acting prowess but also her remarkable outlook on life, opens up about her unique take on the Happiness Factor (H Factor). In a world often consumed by the pursuit of grand ambitions, her philosophy reminds us that genuine happiness can be discovered in life’s simplest pleasures and personal contentment. Here’s what she shares:
"Happiness is a highly individualized experience. The profound truth – small things hold the potential to bring immense happiness. Focus on the blessings and goodness that life has bestowed. Dismiss the impulse to compare; others’ gains don’t negate personal accomplishments. Happiness, is a subjective matter. Acknowledge failures while setting the groundwork for self-improvement. Cultivate an internal dialogue that blends acceptance with aspirations."

Gratitude is the mantra

"Gratitude is a powerful practice and my go-to strategy. Amid challenges, I remember to appreciate life’s blessings. Not all receive equal portions, but all can cherish their unique gifts. I also find comfort in nature’s embrace. Whether in my tranquil Mukteshwar house; or when I go to the beach which is near to my house in Juhu for a walk, I say thank you every day that I have been given a chance where I can walk on the beach."

Reflect and acknowledge

"Small things can bring you happiness, and when they do, take a moment to look back and reflect on the good experiences you’ve had. I once visited my doctor a long time ago. I mentioned, ‘I eat a lot, I do this and that.’ He replied, ‘You have lived for 50 years. You have eaten well. So, stop eating.’ Saying it is easy, doing it is difficult. But you see, we must express gratitude for what we’ve had and what we currently possess. We shouldn’t become saddened by what we lack or do not possess. This is the essence of my fundamental mantra."

Summing up

"Happiness is not confined to monumental achievements but is nurtured through appreciating life’s subtleties and valuing one’s unique journey. Striving for happiness is an art that thrives in the embrace of gratitude and the celebration of individual blessings."

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