Be­cause It’s About ‘Hap­py­ness’


“HAP­PI­NESS is within our­selves. If we are al­ways seek­ing plea­sure, we will never be happy. If we ex­press grat­i­tude for what we have, we will al­ways be happy,” said Dr Yusuf Mer­chant, at the launch of his book Hap­py­ness: Life Lessons from a Cre­ative Ad­dict. Dr Mer­chant is one of In­dia’s lead­ing anti-drug cru­saders and founder-pres­i­dent of the Drug Abuse In­for­ma­tion Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Re­search Cen­tre (DAIRRC). In Hap­py­ness: Life Lessons…, Dr Mer­chant of­fers fortytwo dif­fer­ent ways to live a peace­ful and ful­fill­ing life. The book brings to­gether sci­en­tific the­o­ries on the func­tion­ing of the brain and how it al­ters un­der stress, de­pres­sion and ad­dic­tion as well as ex­is­ten­tial ques­tions on karma and the mean­ing of life. The book is be­ing launched in tan­dem with So­cial’s #So­cialS­peakEasy cam­paign with the well-known restau­ra­teur Riyaaz Am­lani, CEO, Im­pres­sario En­ter­tain­ment & Hospi­tal­ity Pvt Ltd. Man­isha Koirala was also present to un­veil the book with Dr Mer­chant. Speak­ing about the book, the ac­tress said, “Never be afraid of ask­ing for help. Be­ing sad and de­pressed are most nat­u­ral­hu­man feel­ings and we should never be ashamed or afraid of feel­ing or ex­press­ing them. Doc’s love and hon­esty are the best qual­i­ties about him and I hope this book teaches the read­ers more about hap­pi­ness and how it can be achieved in many sim­ple ways.” As they say, a healthy mind leads to a healthy life.

De­basri Rak­shit, Dr Yusuf Mer­chant, Man­isha Koirala and Riyaaz Am­lani

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