Thursday, May 30, 2013

Finding Happiness..

Being happy is undoubtedly the best feeling one can experience. Different people have different ways to achieve happiness. For some it comes too easily whereas for some it requires effort. Nevertheless, it doesn't matter much, because at the end you are happy. Be it doing the things you love which will give you happiness or making others happy, there are infinite ways to find happiness.

I have always believed in doing simple things and being happy. I ended up with this mindset because of my experiences. As any normal person would, i too have tried innumerable things in my life. Some simple, some extravagant. But when i look back to all those times, all i remember are the small simple things that i did or came across. I can still remember the gush of happiness that i felt. Whereas the extravagant things might have given me instant happiness, but i have felt it was temporary. Let me jot down and share the little things where i find happiness.

Praying 5 times a day : Being a Muslim, one of my basic duties is to offer five prayers/namaaz each day. I cannot express the happiness i feel when i fulfill this beautiful duty for the sake of the Almighty. Though there are times when i miss offering my prayers, my day really doesn't feel complete. I go to bed feeling guilty and ashamed of myself for not offering my namaaz to the Almighty who is so forgiving, so merciful. But the days that i do all my prayers, with sincerity, on time, are the days i'm the happiest. I go to bed feeling so happy, praising the creator and thanking him for giving me the opportunity to pray and seek rewards. May Allah (swt) guide each of us in fulfilling our duties as a Muslim. Aameen.

Respecting and Honoring the Spouse : The Almighty has blessed me with such a wonderful husband for which i can never be thankful enough. Alhumdulillah! In my three beautiful years of my married life, there have been infinite moments of happiness that i have experienced. Maasha'Allah! I find happiness in doing the simplest of things for him. And the best part he himself is so simple, so its really easy to make him happy ;)
Simple things like making Breakfast for him makes me happy. There hasn't been a single day, trust me, single day, that i haven't asked him what he wants for breakfast. This is because i believe there is no point in giving him something that he doesn't want. My logic is that making breakfast is MANDATORY. There is no escaping there LOL!! So why not give him what he loves? There are days when he says, make anything you want, or days that i feel i should make some extra special breakfast (Ofcourse, something which i already know he would definitely love) and even that makes us happy, Alhumdulillah! :) Same goes while packing his Lunch. He gets what he wants to eat! LOL! Aint he lucky? lol

Islam teaches us to honor our spouses and i am so lucky to be born as a Muslim because i am rewarded each time i do that! So cool right? It's a win win for all! I'm happy, he is happy and we both are rewarded for it! Wowzers! So anyone reading this, whether you are married or not, keep this in mind. Whichever faith you practice, i guarantee you happiness while respecting and honoring your spouse.

Helping anyone in need : This is one of my utmost favorite thing to do! And i know everyone would agree with me here. You don't have to invest a fortune to achieve this. Simple acts of kindness would do the trick here. Help someone lift something heavy, hold the door for someone, pick up something which someone accidentally dropped and give it to them, let people with few items go ahead in the queue at the grocery store and this list goes on and on and on!

Smile, It's Sunnah : Islam is such an amazing way of life that it rewards one even for smiling! Subhan'Allah! Just give a smile and make yourself and others happy. Not suggesting that you go smiling to each and every soul you see! LOL no! Smile at the elderly, smile at the kids, smile and acknowledge their help when someone does an act of kindness. A smile is better than a frown anyway! And bonus, you look good too ;) Guaranteed happiness this!

Saying 'Thank you' : Another simple and favorite act of mine! Thank you is such a wonderful expression which guarantees happiness. You say 'Thank you' when you are pleased with something, so of course you are already happy with it, while it also makes the other person happy too for doing that particular act. A simple example that i have come across often after moving to NYC, is to say 'Thank you' to the driver of your bus/taxi. If you think about it, one would get the thought - 'Why do we have to thank them? We pay for it and it's their job anyway!' But see the look on their face when you say these magical words. They might hear it zillions of times each day but it really doesn't hurt you to tell it too, right? So what if they won't remember us? It's still a good thing to say Thank you for the favor/help/service received! Isnt it?

Sharing : Sharing is caring - True that! There is no way we wouldn't find happiness doing this, unless you are being selfish and just faking it! Even if you have a little of something, still try to share it with others who would need it or would be happy with it. It's an easy peasy thing to do! You might feel you will be left with little but trust me, the Almighty will bless you with much much more the next time! I say this post experiences, It's truly a wonderful feeling :)

Gifting : Who doesn't love gifts? It may be a really tiny thing but it WILL make the other person happy! Best audience for this are the kids! No matter what you gift them with, they will be happy! LOL! And you will be happy looking at those happy faces! Bliss! :)

Spend time with family : This guarantees fun along with happiness! If you are living away from your family, like me, do make it a point to call them often. A phone call is enough to make your parents happy! Be it your  parents or your in laws, spending time with one, results in building good relations, thus creating happiness. It does require effort, but the results expected are enough to motivate you to do this! If you have children, give attention to them, play with them, give them time - all this and more can make them and you happy! :)

Treat yourself : Indulge in simple pleasures for yourself. I agree that in addition to making others happy, you need to do things for yourself! Take a good nap, read a book, do something that you have been thinking from long but haven't found the time yet, buy something you love, write, paint, cook, eat etc etc etc! You know yourself best, so this one should be the easiest to do! ;)

Be happy for others : Jealousy is one basic characteristic of humans. It is easy to get envious or jealous when someone else achieves success. What is difficult, is to be happy for them. Like everyone, even i was a target of this feeling, but once i thought to myself 'Why should i envy him/her when Allah (swt) has blessed me with so much?' Achieving success is each one's right. We need to take an efffort to achieve happiness in this situation. But trust me once we get used to practicing it, it will come to us naturally. When we start doing it, others will take notice of it and practice it too and it gets mutual then! Imagine how the world would be if everyone would practice this? Let's change this within ourselves first and insha'Allah it will spread.

It's really impossible to list out each thing but i hope the above points will inspire you to find happiness. If even one thing works for you, it will surely make me happy! :) So get yourself going on the path to finding happiness in the simplest of things and then you will wonder why didn't you think of this earlier? I'm sure you know of more simple acts which makes you happy. So do share, i would love to hear! :)

Until then,
Stay safe, Stay happy! :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

What's up? May 2013

'What's up?' - This will be a series of posts that I have thought of writing every month. The posts in this series will include my schedule insha'Allah for the particular month. What am I currently reading, practicing, planning, doing, cooking etc etc! So here we go with the first post of the series for the month of May! Let's see what I'm upto this month!

May has always been my favorite month of the year! You'll know why as you read further! ;) So currently I am -

Thankful : To the Almighty for blessing me with such a good family, especially for my son who just turned one. Seeing him learn & do new things each day gives me immense happiness & a reason to thank for being able to experience it.

Watching : I am an avid fan of Korean shows from the time I came to NYC. Currently, I just started with this show called 'Gu family book' - watched the first four episodes & loving it! Hopefully the awesomeness continues in the future episodes too! Other than that watching the series 'Scam city' on the Science channel. It's a truly amazing show and you MUST watch it if you are accessible to the channel. It's a show about scams going on in major cities of the world. Already three episodes have been aired which includes Rio , Delhi & Buenos Aires. You'll be shocked to see the tricks they use to dupe people! And ofcourse , The Big Bang theory, Yes dear, The king of Queens! ;)

Planning : For a week long vacation with my hubby & baby to Orlando, Florida! Woohoo! A week full of fun & excitement! Disney world, Universal studios, Sea world etc! Few days to go & I have to start with the packing! Last minute craziness is one thing which will never go out of me!

Reading : Parenting magazines, while I wait for our turn at the pediatrician's clinic :/
Seriously, I need to start reading a good book!! Any suggestions?

Wishing : For peace in the world. Period.

Missing : My family back in India & Canada. And yes, I miss spending time on my pc, thanks to my lil brat. It's like the moment he sees me on the computer chair, he runs to me screaming like the earth will swallow me!

Cooking : Lots of shrimps, Indo-Chinese food, wanna do some baking this month too! Hopefully I stick to my plans!

Laughing : At my son's dance moves when his favorite ads or cartoons come on tv!

Worrying : About the safety of my family at all times, especially when I have a son who is so naughty and keeps banging into stuff & knocking himself down!

Loving : The change in weather in NYC. Finally, it's time for some hotness! ;)

Focusing : On becoming a better Muslimah.

Excited : For the birthdays! Hubby & I share our birthdays this month! Teehee!

Anxious : About my driving test at the end of the month! Hopefully I pass the test! Pray-drive-pray-drive!

Craving : Manglorean Food & Shawarma! I miss them :(

Learning : To be happy with what I have, to be a good mother & a good wife :) Yeah, need to work on it constantly. Very important!

Enjoying : Every moment of my life, Alhumdulillah! :)

So how did you like this post? Would love to get your feedback on any improvements that I could make, any suggestions? And lemme know what's up with you guys this month!

Until then,
Stay safe, stay happy!