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The big news: GDP up in Q2, but demonetisation impact awaited, and nine other top stories

Three Army officers were killed in a helicopter crash in Sukna, and the Supreme Court ruled that the National anthem must be played before films in theaters

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. GDP rises to 7.3% in Q2, but analysts say demonetisation impact will show later: The step to denotify Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will slow down growth in the coming quarters, experts said.
  2. Three officers killed as Army helicopter crashes in Sukna, West Bengal: Another junior commissioned officer was also critically injured.
  3. National anthem must be played in all Indian cinema halls before a movie, orders Supreme Court: The top court added that people should stand for the anthem, and that it be accompanied by the national flag on cinema screens.
  4. Army rescues 16 people held hostage during Nagrota attack: Three militant attacks on military camps since January raise concerns about security arrangement at military bases.  
  5. BSF says militants used a tunnel to infiltrate into India during Samba attack: DG KK Sharma said they found 517 rounds, a pistol, and an AK-47 rifle among other things.
  6. Day 10 of Parliament’s Winter Session disrupted by protests despite Narendra Modi’s presence: The Congress staged a walk out after raising the Nagrota attack and questioning why tributes were not paid to soldiers killed on Tuesday.
  7. Indian man in US pleads guilty for helping Khalistan militants plot attacks: Balwinder Singh faces prison term of up to 15 years for providing material support and resources for attacks in India, including assassination bids.
  8. Mimicry artist arrested for transferring officials by imitating TN minister’s voice, says report: Savari Muthu from Dindigul has allegedly transferred 29 employees working in the thermal power plant unit in the past few months.
  9. Human rights activist Khurram Parvez released from Jammu jail: He said his 76-day detention period has strengthened his ‘resolve for peace and justice’.
  10. Islamic State claims jihadist ‘soldier’ behind Ohio State University attack: The terrorist group said the incident was carried out in response to its ‘calls to target citizens’. 
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Money plays a big role in leading a fulfilled life. But here are some other factors to not discount

A large global survey has some surprising answers to how we think about life.

What’s the one thing that makes you feel most fulfilled? This was one of the simple questions asked to more than two million people in a worldwide survey conducted by Abbott, the global healthcare company. According to the survey, on a scale of 100, with 100 being “living fully”, Indians ranked themselves at 61, behind the global average of 68.4 and much behind China at 79 and Mexico at 75. Not surprisingly, with such a massive scale and scope, the survey results offered some startling insights into how people across countries think about their lives.

One of the biggest paradoxes the survey uncovered was that most people—nearly 44% of the respondents—felt money was the ultimate stumbling block keeping them from a fulfilled life. When asked about the one thing that makes them feel most fulfilled, money was not the number one response for even a single country. So why did people still claim it to be the top barrier?

One way to understand this is to study the top things that do make people fulfilled across the world. This showed a remarkable consensus. Globally most respondents selected “family” as the number one factor of fulfillment except in China, where “health” was considered more crucial to personal fulfillment. Attributes like “spirituality”, “success”, “giving”, “travel”, “community”, “health”, “music” and “adventure” also scored well in different parts of the globe.

Source: Abbot Global Study
Source: Abbot Global Study

It is clear that money can enable us to accomplish many of the things which give us a sense of fulfillment. It enables us to travel more, learn new things and even take better care of our health.

However, it is when we consider the pursuit of money as the primary key to fulfillment and an end in itself that the problems begin. Perhaps this is because we postpone our immediate happiness or ignore the things that give us joy for the sake of some distant financial goal. In India, especially, there is a tendency to prioritise work over family and friends. In the pursuit of wealth, we often avoid social occasions and get-togethers and skip simple acts of companionship like dining with family or wishing friends on important occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. Tellingly, nearly 23% Indian respondents chose “priorities” as the top barrier to fulfillment. This can lead to fatigue or burnout. It can also lead to increased emotional distance from friends and family, and contribute to a general sense of apathy in life. To top that, we may never realise how much money is enough money to do things that will bring us happiness and may continue to chase money at the cost of other joys. While being financially responsible is undeniably a virtue, it should not distract us, at least for long, from other drivers that directly contribute to personal fulfillments.

Ultimately, happiness is a choice. Many people choose to hold on to the “negative stimuli” in their lives. They choose to focus on the problems they face rather than the positive aspects in their life. Once you choose to be happy and focus on taking decisions that will make you happy rather than just make you money or bring you superficial success, it will become a lot easier to feel fulfilled. Think of happiness as a resource—an asset that needs be grown and cultivated just like your bank balance.

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The path to greater fulfilment is a deeply personal one. Thankfully, there are many resources available that can help people around the world define and lead a more fulfilled life. Abbott is committed to helping people live the best life possible. Their website features life hacks for work or personal time like those listed below. These are great tools for those ready to lead a more fulfilled and meaningful life, starting today.

Source: Abbot Global Study
Source: Abbot Global Study

This article was produced on behalf of Abbott by the Scroll.in marketing team and not by the Scroll.in editorial staff.

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