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“Happiness is our core desire. Any individual can be happy. Make use of research-based techniques. Also, draw upon our heritage. Practise Dharma and Satva guna. My compliments to Dr Pillania and Happiness Strategy Foundation and its most supportive partners in Kolkata,” highlighted Dr Mrityunjay Athreya, Padma Bhushan, Dharma Pracharak, Management Mentor in his special keynote in the Kolkata Happiness Festival 2021.

“We talk and know about happiness, but we don't practice it. Today in this keynote, I am inviting you to work with me and experience happiness with me for the next 20 minutes. I am sharing these research-based happiness tips, and let us apply these now with the help of exercises I am sharing with you,” stressed Professor Rajesh Pillania, the well known and top researcher and trainer on happiness in India, in his welcome keynote.

Happiness was never needed more than in the current times. The COVID crisis is challenging, and in the Gandhian spirit of not losing hope and for sharing research and experience-based happiness ideas online Kolkata Happiness Festival 2021, from 5.45 to 8 pm on June 21, was organised by Happiness Strategy Foundation. Prof Rajesh Pillania, the leading and well-known happiness researcher in India, is leading a research-based happiness movement in the country, and Kolkata Happiness Festival 2021 was a part of it. The Foundation focus is on a positive solution-oriented approach, more so in the current COVID situation.

“Kolkata - the city of Joy always found it true that less is always more. Common Bengali loves his daily bazar, his debates on daily affairs and literature - keep the live spirit Kolkata and enjoy the sweets too. Live life every day!!,” shared Anamika Roy Rashtrawar, MD & CEO, IFFCO Tokio General Insurance Co. Ltd.

"It was indeed a pleasure being a part of the Kolkata Happiness Festival panel discussion. The Festival churned out many a thought in terms of Happiness and the way forward, which is crucial at this juncture. Kudos to the organisers,” pinpointed Jimmy Tangree - Head 91.9 Friends FM.
 
“Each one of us across the world is in search of this rare commodity today amidst the raging pandemic. The Festival gives us a rare opportunity to share our experiences on happiness and ways and means to enhance the same,” emphasised Subir Chakraborty, Managing Director & CEO, Exide Industries Limited.
 
The Festival started with a keynote by the well known and leading researcher and trainer on happiness in India, Prof Rajesh Pillania, chief Mentor and Advisor, Happiness Strategy Foundation and Professor, MDI, Gurgaon. He shared research-based happiness tips.

It was followed by a panel discussion on Happiness in Kolkata moderated by Prof Pillania. The experts shared a lot of interesting insights on personal and workplace happiness and happiness in Kolkata.
 
Subhadip Dutta Choudhury, CEO, Hawkins Cookers Limited, pinpointed passion for work for happiness and also highlighted many good points of Kolkata and its culture.

“It's a myth that prosperity brings happiness. In fact, a happy state of mind brings success and prosperity,” stressed Anurag Srivastava, President and Country Head, Latin America, Aditya Birla Group.

“We all strive to achieve happiness in our lives. In this time of the pandemic, which has disrupted our familiar way of life, stress and strain are impacting many of us due to various reasons. Our happiness quotient has taken a hit. Though the understanding of happiness is a matter of personal realisation and choice, happiness is also a skill that can be learnt, acquired. The Kolkata Happiness Festival is a right effort in that direction as it underlines the paramount importance of happiness in our lives and makes us aware of scientific techniques through which one can realise happiness by the implementation of these methods,” pinpointed Bob Roy, Resident Editor, Times Response, The Times of India.
 
A special keynote on learnings from Indian ancient wisdom was delivered by Padma Bhushan Dr M. B. Athreya, PhD (Harvard), Pioneer of the Indian Management Movement; and Ex-Professor London Business School & Ex-Professor IIM-Calcutta. He shared many insights from ancient Indian wisdom.

The participants asked a number of questions and participated in the Festival with a lot of enthusiasm and appreciated this timely initiative by Happiness Strategy Foundation.

“Happiness is a state of mind. It is one of the most important factors that contribute to a healthy mind. And unless a mind is healthy, it cannot contribute in the true sense. Therein lies the importance of happiness in both our personal & professional life,” said Sreejit Banerjee, Chief Operating Officer-G&L SBU, Balmer Lawrie & Co Ltd, the sponsor of the Festival.

The Festival was sponsored by Balmer Lawrie & Co. Ltd, and 91.9 Friends FM was an exclusive Radio Partner. The registration money will be donated to COVID relief.

This was the first edition of this annual Happiness Festival, and it will be organised every year. Join Kolkata Happiness Festival 2022 as sponsors, partners and participants.


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