What Makes Us Happy ?

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There is an ever-growing body of knowledge about the nature and causes of happiness.

For one thing, it’s clear that happiness is a feeling, not a circumstance. Happiness is more than just fun or pleasure. It’s a more durable sense of well-being.

Our happiness depends not on what happens to us, but what happens in us. In other words, it’s the way we choose to think about our lives. Abe Lincoln said, “People are generally about as happy as they’re willing to be.” A Buddhist proverb tells us that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

So, what are the most common attributes of happy people? Well, it’s not money, fame, or good looks. It’s not even intelligence or talent. No, the two most important factors are gratitude and rewarding personal relationships.

The formula is simple: count your blessings and enjoy your family and friends.

Sadly, simple is not always easy.

People whose natural instincts produce a gloomy outlook and pessimism need to re-train their minds. It’s one thing to say happiness is not getting what you want but wanting what you get; it’s quite another to really be satisfied with what we have.

For many people, it takes discipline and practice to think positively.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of changing one’s perspective, choosing to see and appreciate the silver lining, the half full glass. In other cases, what’s required is refusing to dwell on pain, disappointment, or envy, and instead force one’s mind toward good thoughts, including all the things we should be grateful for.

Interestingly, the ability to maintain a positive attitude is also important in forming and sustaining meaningful relationships – seeing and bringing out the best.

Michael Josephson
www.whatwillmatter.com

Mumbai Traffic

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It is Surprising that I am writing after a long time & that too I have to write about Traffic.

Traffic in our city is increasing day by day , every day.

I am Sharing an Article Below from the Times of India dated 27th of February which will highlight how bad is the condition of our city Mumbai.

Mumbai: With the city’s vehicular population surging by up to 50% in five years, transport officials have identified “hotspots” in the island city, eastern and western suburbs which have maximum registrations of cars and two-wheelers. While there is no way one can stop registration of new vehicles here, these areas have been the biggest contributors to the vehicular burden on roads, whose total length has stagnated at 2,000km for many years.

Officials said the “hotspots”, defined in terms of burgeoning motor vehiclepopulation, crossed the one lakh mark due to a surge in car sales or demand for more two-wheelers. In Andheri and Goregaon, in the western suburbs, it will touch the two lakh mark in few months, sources said.

Topping the charts were Dadar (island city), Andheri (western suburbs) and Chembur (eastern suburbs), officials said.

Deputy RTO Sanjay Sasane (eastern suburbs) said, “In upmarket localities like Powai, car registrations have gone up drastically in the past few years. We receive several applications for high-end cars and SUVs. Chembur has the most registrations, with almost every middle class household having a car or a bike/scooter. In many state housing board colonies in Ghatkopar and Mulund, residents want two-wheelers to commute to the railway station daily, which has led to a surge in the number of bikes and scooters.”

He said most bike/scooter buyers in Mumbai were aged 18-35. “This is a young population which is dependent on private transport to reach a station or office,” he said.

Transport experts said a lack of “good and affordable” public transport system had led to people opting for two-wheelers. When BEST hiked bus fares more than a year ago, coupled with poor frequency, many purchased two-wheelers in the suburbs to travel from home to the railway station during peak hours. Most railway stations in the suburbs also came up with bigger parking lots to cater to the needs.

In the island city, Dadar has some of the most congested roads, including the one near Dadar TT. Deputy RTO Subhash Pedamkar (island city) said, “Dadar has seen a huge growth in car and two-wheeler registrations in the past few years. The area has seen a spurt in redevelopment too. Another area where vehicle population has seen a huge jump is the Worli-Mahalaxmi belt, with scores of highrise apartments having two to three cars registered per family.”
Mill areas of Lower Parel have also given way to highrises, and this belt, popularly referred to as Upper Worli, is where car registrations will peak. Colaba-Cuffe Parade has a huge vehicular population, including many commercial vehicles, compared to tony areas of Malabar Hill or Nepean Sea Road-Pedder Road.

In the western suburbs, Andheri and Goregaon have several residential and commercial hubs where the car/bike population has swelled over the years. Traffic there moves bumper-to-bumper during peak hours and congestion is the biggest issue, especially on arterial roads and near railway stations. The other three western suburbs on the RTO radar are Kandivli, Bandra and Borivli, with many households going in for bigger cars that occupy more road space.
Transport department statistics showed that overall vehicular density in Mumbai (island city and suburbs) has increased to approximately to 1,500 vehicles per km, from 935 between 2011-12 and 2015-16. The vehicle population surged from two million to nearly three million during this period. People are purchasing nearly 100 private cars and 250 two-wheelers daily; the vehicular strength includes 17 lakh two-wheelers and nine lakh private cars and SUVs across the city, RTO sources added.

What our city needs is More Public Transport , & Better Public Transport , which will encourage citizens to stop bringing their vehicle out on the road and instead rely on the government transportation.

Let’s Hope We see some Light soon !

 

Website to Refer – http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/dadar-andheri-chembur-top-in-vehicle-registrations/articleshow/57364028.cms