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New Study - Indians are a depressed lot? What is your take?




KumarM
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Wasn't there a study sometime back that Indians were happiest folks and positive? Now this depression stuff. Something is not right.

 
Post ID: 185580 28-07-11 07:12:36
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dimple2001
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Originally posted by DELHI INDIAN

This cycle is straight without exploring more about your passion, interest and hobby. Cycle is:

Qualification: Job/Business: Marriage: Family.




Well said.

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Post ID: 185582 28-07-11 08:14:30
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bhootnath
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Just get rid of internet
More one will be on internet more aloof he/she will be. Really get rid of TV and internet and see how wonderful your life is going to be.

 
Post ID: 185584 28-07-11 08:21:30
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JRF
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+1.

I could write more about this but I am not very successful in shaping what I need but on my way gradually.


Quote:
Originally posted by bhootnath

Really get rid of TV and internet and see how wonderful your life is going to be.


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Post ID: 185587 28-07-11 09:46:44
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febpreet
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Originally posted by bhootnath

More one will be on internet more aloof he/she will be. Really get rid of TV and internet and see how wonderful your life is going to be.



I completely and wholeheartedly agree with you. I never understood why we need to be connected all the time, why so rush-hush to check emails every hour, to go online to see what's happening in the world (news sites), why is it really important to see which of your friend has just been to the loo or what he/she just ate (aka. facebook, twitter). Were people not happy when they didn't have all of these? They were actually more happy and had a leisure time. Now all we hear from families and friends that they are very busy.

What I have found is that the more you live like they did in 60s, 70s, 80s, the more happier you become. Watch news, check emails once a day, visit libraries, borrow books, get out of the home for a walk. Have a circle of friends who are positive minded. This is not a 100% cure of this information-age depression, but at least a light in the tunnel.

Also, the day we stop comparing ourselves to others, will be the happiest day of our lives. Most of the depressed moment are when we tend to think about other people's cars, houses, jobs, jewellery etc. and then worried about our own life if we don't have either of these. We tend to forget what we already have and how we are better off than a majority of unfortunate folks. We need to get out of this rat-race to be truly happy and live a contented life. The same is true for people living in India.

One doesn't need to be ashamed of his/her ways to lead a simple, yet a happy life.


 
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Post ID: 185590 28-07-11 11:03:58
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JRF
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Very true, very very true...

Why not capture the idea in your post and start a new thread under the General / Lifestyle section under a caption " Downshift to a better lifestyle" or any other good title.

We should be able to collect the points on how to tackle the modern day challenges such as TV, Internet, too much of news, too much economical understanding.
We could pull some information from other sites such frugal living ideas to share with our friends and next generation.

Some links.. well we could capture the center piece later.
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/08/simple-life.asp#axzz1TPxW8FVG

Also liked this
http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/Warren-Buffetts-Frugal-So-Why-investopedia-1012408202.html?x=0



Quote:
Originally posted by febpreet

I completely and wholeheartedly agree with you. I never understood why we need to be connected all the time, why so rush-hush to check emails every hour, to go online to see what's happening in the world (news sites), why is it really important to see which of your friend has just been to the loo or what he/she just ate (aka. facebook, twitter). Were people not happy when they didn't have all of these? They were actually more happy and had a leisure time. Now all we hear from families and friends that they are very busy.

What I have found is that the more you live like they did in 60s, 70s, 80s, the more happier you become. Watch news, check emails once a day, visit libraries, borrow books, get out of the home for a walk. Have a circle of friends who are positive minded. This is not a 100% cure of this information-age depression, but at least a light in the tunnel.

Also, the day we stop comparing ourselves to others, will be the happiest day of our lives. Most of the depressed moment are when we tend to think about other people's cars, houses, jobs, jewellery etc. and then worried about our own life if we don't have either of these. We tend to forget what we already have and how we are better off than a majority of unfortunate folks. We need to get out of this rat-race to be truly happy and live a contented life. The same is true for people living in India.

One doesn't need to be ashamed of his/her ways to lead a simple, yet a happy life.


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The cowards never started,
The weak died on the way,
Only the strong arrived.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yK1i9cLAMM

 
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Post ID: 185592 28-07-11 12:19:56
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ashedfc
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Quote:
Originally posted by JRF
" Downshift to a better lifestyle"

Some links.. well we could capture the center piece later.
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/08/simple-life.asp#axzz1TPxW8FVG

Also liked this
http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/Warren-Buffetts-Frugal-So-Why-investopedia-1012408202.html?x=0


Absolutely true.... infact once a person decides to downsize... life will be a lot happier.
Less debt (so less interest payment)
Smaller house: easier to maintain; & smaller bills
Small Car: fuel efficient
Less electronic gadgets: more family time & better relationships
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the list is endless

but the problem with the community is show off & ego.. this is the major killer.


 
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Post ID: 185594 28-07-11 13:00:25
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puttoo
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Quote:
Absolutely true.... infact once a person decides to downsize... life will be a lot happier.



" Dil ke khush rakhne ko Ghalib yeh khayal acha hai "

If small houses, small cars and less electronic gadgets were the sources of happiness .... then the Africans would perhaps be the happiest people on earth ...... but that is not the case.

Happiness is state of mind and is not necessarily only connected to material possessions ... in any case i rather be "unhappy" with a big car and house then be "unhappy" with a small car and small house.

As for this study .... here is the rebuttal from GOI ... http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/indians-not-the-most-depressed-in-the-world-health-ministry/768636.html.

Don't worry be happy !!!!


 
Post ID: 185598 28-07-11 14:07:07
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JRF
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The idea is to buy when you could. Not to buy with credit or buy something spending 100% of what you have (even if not on debt).

Living like Warren Buffet or Infosys Murthy might be difficult, but it shouldn't be that big of a deal to be reasonable and ascend slowly.

Quote:
Originally posted by puttoo


Happiness is state of mind and is not necessarily only connected to material possessions ... in any case i rather be "unhappy" with a big car and house then be "unhappy" with a small car and small house.

As for this study .... here is the rebuttal from GOI ... http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/indians-not-the-most-depressed-in-the-world-health-ministry/768636.html.

Don't worry be happy !!!!




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The cowards never started,
The weak died on the way,
Only the strong arrived.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yK1i9cLAMM

 
Post ID: 185600 28-07-11 14:20:28
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puttoo
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Quote:
Originally posted by JRF
The idea is to buy when you could. Not to buy with credit or buy something spending 100% of what you have (even if not on debt).



Certainly ... that is basic common sense. If you can afford a big car, then only buy a big car. But to say that somehow you will get happiness if you get small car is to trivalize the topic.

As for buying on credit .... the same yardstick applies. If you can manage to pay the debt then only you should take such a step.

India used to have a system where you bought things only when you had the money .... banks would loan money at very high percentage. So people would typically save all their lives and build a house towards the end of their lives. Cars were a luxury because no one had money to spare. That lead to a stagnant economy and there was no incentive for growth.

On the other hand now credit is available for both these activites in favourable terms. So you can buy a house or car at the very onset of your working life and pay off the debts durig your working life. That way you can enjoy what you are working towards and there is pattern of growth.

However this freedom, just like any freedom, comes with responsibilty. You as an individual are responsible for how it turn out to be.

Personal finance management should be taught in school ... it is the need of the times.......


 
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