- Padma Shri Laila Tyabji pens her thoughts on Bapu's legacy By Padma Shri Laila Tyabji - 10 Oct 2020
- Renewal By Keya Aggarwal - 04 Sep 2020
- Euphoria of visions By Aarna Mohan - 07 Sep 2020
- Economiquement égal By Jhanvi Dugar - 07 Sep 2020
- Feminism- A Tool for Economic Gain By Jitya Bagga - 04 Sep 2020
- Laughter and Happiness By Himanshi Gupta - 07 Sep 2020
- ज़िंदगी खूबसूरत है !! By Dr. Nalanda Pandey - 08 Jul 2020
- Bookmarking an Intellectual banter By Ms. Shefali Thapliyal - 10 Jul 2020
- In a reproductive Biology class. By Mrs. Richa Joshi Pant - 29 Jun 2020
- A future for us to keep By Shubhika and Vidushi - 04 Jun 2020
Laughter and Happiness
By Himanshi Gupta Monday, Sep 07, 2020
We have blurred the line between laughter and happiness. It is as though we have forgotten that happiness is a core emotion and laughter is just an expression.
In today's world where laughter has become commonplace, happiness remains a luxury.
Laughter is obtainable even while scrolling through your feed and finding a very relatable meme or when someone accidentally unmutes themselves and says something embarrassing in an online class. Happiness however is unique; it’s found in the most unexpected times. A smile from your grandparent, a group hug with your family, a genuine word of praise or a beautiful line from a heartwarming novel are enough to flicker feelings of happiness.
I believe that even if I laugh for 80% of my day, I am probably only be happy for 2% of it or less.
It is so much rarer because of our mud filled minds that refuse to live in one frame and instead yearn to explore many parallel universes at the same time. When a person is so caught up in their own thoughts, they cease to enjoy the moment, they are barely ever fully happy.
A notable difference is that laughter
can be at the expense of another but happiness can never be at another's expense.
We are not necessarily happy when we laugh, neither do we need to laugh when we are happy. As absurd as it sounds you can even cry when you are happy and I am not talking about tears of happiness, I am talking about tears of realisation or of having relieved yourself of a great weight.
It is vital therefore that we understand that there is no thin line between laughter and happiness there is a wall.
-by Himanshi Gupta F-444,