Day 7/108 || Girija || Draw Happiness Experience

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Bhargavii Mani
Bhargavii Mani
Bhargavii Mani returned to Chennai in 2010 after a successful stint in design firms abroad. Recognizing a gap in Chennai's Corporate Design scene, she founded Bhargavii Mani & Consultants in 2011. Her expertise in creative arts and strategy led to a diverse clientele. Beyond branding, she excels in photography, interior design, and promoting traditional South Indian art through the Kolam Podu project.

What makes a good life? An interesting TED talk on “Lessons from the longest study on happiness”, was presented by Robert Waldinger, who heads the research study at Harvard. According to the study, two factors contribute to happiness – strong relationships and good health.

We all know how difficult relationships are. It all begins with acceptance, a lot of emotional investment, and mountains of patience. The rewards, nevertheless from a well-nurtured relationship can take us to a happy space. Infact, it can provide us with the cushion needed during difficult times. 

Patience, the bedrock of anything in life, especially strong relationships, is a skill that can be, that has to be cultivated. 

A small attempt at building patience is, well, by drawing a kolam! Focusing, making mistakes, erasing it, drawing it again, and again and again till you get it right, is truly a lesson in patience. And a rewarding journey. Patience can make you a better person, foster your relationships, and take you to a happier space in your life. 

Girija, the daughter of the mountains, is a bit complicated to draw. Let’s aim at developing mountains of patience to help us tide through life happily. 

About Draw Happiness


What really is it? Is it the lightness of the heart? A cheerful mood? A sense of contentment? Inner peace? Spring? The blue sky? A cruise? 

Whatever it is, it is something all of us seek. It is the basis on which every other emotion is built and experienced. Simply put, happiness is a decision. A choice. 

Kolam podu is an effort to gently nudge you to choose happiness. How? By committing to a happier space for the next 108 days, focusing on drawing simple sweet kolams, sharing with all of us, spreading happy thoughts, journaling and lots more. Happiness has a snowballing effect. And it begins with each one of us.

Let’s come together on this project, and draw happiness! 

Life is beautiful, if you choose for it to be. Until then Kolam Podu !

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