What does it take to be Happy?

Not a lot.

Johnson Tellis
4 min readJul 14, 2020
Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

Happiness doesn’t choose you, you choose it.

It was New Year’s Eve and I was eagerly waiting for the present dad got me. Every passing minute seemed like the passing of days. There was a rush of adrenaline and suddenly everything surrounding me was in focus. I noticed things around me in detail; they now seemed to be glaring at me! I was immersed in the new observations I was making just to pass time before the moment arrived…

My new bicycle was presented to me in all its glory! I was so overwhelmed. I thanked dad with a kiss and a hug and took to the road in my very first bicycle. You can probably tell what followed. My increased affection towards the present knew no bounds. I swore to clean it every single day.

But long before months had passed, my enthusiasm declined and in the span of 2 years, I gave it away…with no emotional attachment.

I felt the same way again when a watch was presented to me, also when I won a Table Tennis match and when I anticipated an appreciation from a friend for whom I had cooked, for his birthday.

I was expecting a rush of joy, but the feeling was temporary.



Johnson Tellis

An Entrepreneur working towards the community centric products. Actively involved in mentoring and guiding the youth towards self and community development.