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The big news: Centre says Bengal turning routine exercise into controversy, and 9 other top stories

In other headlines, the SC rejected a plea to make the national anthem mandatory in courts, and TRAI said it would examine Jio’s extension of free services.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. TMC raises ‘military coup’ issue in Parliament, defence minister says no need for controversy: ‘It’s sad that a routine exercise has been made into a controversy now,’ said Manohar Parrikar.
  2. SC rejects petition to make national anthem mandatory in courts: The apex court bench reportedly said that its earlier directive to cinema halls should not be stretched.
  3. Telecom regulator to examine Jio’s extension of free 4G services for its customers till March 31: Meanwhile, the PMO claimed that it did not give permission to use Narendra Modi’s picture in Reliance Jio ads.
  4. Congress deactivates 200 Twitter accounts of its leaders after Rahul Gandhi’s handle was hacked: Police told The Times of India the server from where the hackers had logged in was in Bengaluru, while the IP address was traced to either Norway or Sweden.
  5. CBI was not allowed to appeal against clean chit to Hinduja brothers in connection with Bofors scam, agency tells SC: The Central Bureau of Investigation said it was not even aware whether the notice issued to them in 2005 was served.
  6. Vladimir Putin seeks ‘mutually beneficial’ ties with the United States: The Russian president said friendly relations between the two countries was essential for global stability.
  7. Cyclone Nada loses intensity, makes landfall near Nagapattinam: The storm is expected to trigger showers in Andhra Pradesh for the next two to three days.
  8. Acid attack victims, Parkinson’s patients will be included in amended Disabilities Bill: The proposed changes to the 1995 Act include the right to free education for children and a hike in reservations for government jobs.
  9. Women these days are more interested in TV serials than caring for husbands, says Goa minister: The Congress said Dayanand Mandrekar’s statement reflected the ‘khap panchayat’ mentality among ruling BJP leaders.
  10. Three people arrested for attempting to attack Sheila Dikshit’s daughter Latika in Delhi: An FIR has accused Latika Dikshit’s husband Syed Mohammad Imran of orchestrating the attempted assault.
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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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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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