‘Life is too short to dwell on things you don’t need to’

For ac­tress Preeya Kal­i­das, it is the sim­ple plea­sures of mu­sic and cook­ing for her friends that al­ways put her in a good mood and lift her spir­its

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Mu­sic is part of my morn­ing rit­ual. I have to play mu­sic. An up­lift­ing song, like Chaka Khan’s I’m Ev­ery Woman, al­ways sets the tone for the day. Mu­sic is such a pow­er­ful force that, what­ever mood you’re in, it can up­lift you – and for me, that is im­por­tant ev­ery day. So I play some mu­sic to get me go­ing. When you’re work­ing, laugh­ing is key. I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to be able to work with peo­ple who re­ally make me happy. I just come into work and I think, ‘Yes!’ I’m al­ways go­ing to have fun. At the mo­ment, I’m do­ing School Of Rock in Lon­don’s West End. The show is so up­beat, and at the end of the night, you’re buzzing. See­ing an au­di­ence be­ing up­lifted by what’s go­ing on up on stage is such a fan­tas­tic feel­ing. Hap­pi­ness is one of those things that’s very per­sonal: dif­fer­ent things make dif­fer­ent peo­ple happy. For me, it’s mak­ing sure your hap­pi­ness isn’t de­fined by what you’ve got or haven’t got. I try to en­joy the good things in my life – like spend­ing time with my god­son. It’s about hav­ing a pos­i­tive men­tal at­ti­tude. Peo­ple tend to dwell on things they don’t need to. Life is too short. The past doesn’t help your fu­ture. I’m a huge be­liever in mak­ing mem­o­ries. I’m al­ways tak­ing pic­tures, and peo­ple get re­ally an­noyed with me, but I’ll say, ‘This is a mem­ory mo­ment!’ Then, a year later, I’ll find the pic­tures again and it’s lovely. When I was grow­ing up, my mother was con­stantly cook­ing and she has passed that on to me. If I’m hav­ing friends over, we’re go­ing to sit down, eat some good food and en­joy our­selves. It’s a way of bring­ing hap­pi­ness to oth­ers. I find it quite sat­is­fy­ing when you make some­thing that peo­ple re­ally like. It’s ther­a­peu­tic.

Preeya: ‘I en­joy spend­ing time with my god­son’

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