First and foremost is GOOD
HEALTH. If you do not enjoy good health
you can never be happy. Any ailment, however trivial, will
deduct from your happiness.
2. Second, A
BANK BALANCE. It need not run into crores
but should be enough to provide for creature comforts and something
to spare for recreation, like eating out, going to the pictures,
travelling or going on holidays on the hills or by the sea.
Shortage of money can be only demoralizing. Living on
credit or borrowing is demeaning and lowers one in one's
3. Third, A
YOUR OWN. Rented premises can never give
you the snug feeling of a nest which is yours for keeps that
a home provides: if it has a garden space, all the better.
Plant your own trees and flowers, see them grow and
blossom, cultivate a sense of kinship with them.
4. Fourth, AN
COMPANION, be it your spouse or a friend.
If there are too many misunderstandings, they will rob you of
your peace of mind. It is better to be divorced than to
bicker all the time.
5. Fifth, LACK
OF ENVY towards those who have done better than
you in life; risen higher, made more money, or earned more
fame. Envy can be very corroding; avoid comparing yourself
6. Sixth, DO
NOT ALLOW OTHER PEOPLE to descend on you for
gup-shup. By the time you get rid of them, you will feel
exhausted and poisoned by their gossip-mongering.
7. Seventh, CULTIVATE
SOME HOBBIES which can bring you a sense
of fulfilment, such as gardening, reading, writing, painting,
playing or listening to music. Going to clubs or parties
to get free drinks or to meet celebrities is criminal
waste of time.
8. Eighth, every morning and evening, devote 15 minutes to
INTROSPECTION. In the morning, 10 minutes
should be spent on stilling the mind and then five in listing
things you have to do that day. In the evening, five
minutes to still the mind again, and ten to go over what you had
undertaken to do.