Jaswinder Pal Singh | Harbinger of good cheer

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Happiness delivery: Jaswinder Pal Singh has counselled close to 17,000 people suffering from depression. He also runs the ‘Institute of Happiness’

Jaswinder Pal Singh, 55, happiness trainer, Institute of Happiness, Vadodara, Gujarat; Photo by Mandar Deodhar

A distress call from a friend in 1998 eventually turned mechanical engi­neer Jaswinder Pal Singh into a professional happiness trainer. The Delhi-based friend was depressed and bent on taking his life after several personal and professional setbacks. “I told him to postpone his ‘suicide plans’ for a month and focus on three Gs—gratitude, goodness and giving,” says Singh. The idea was to change the mindset, get his friend to realise that whatever he had achieved till then was because of his good work. Singh also asked his friend to thank everyone who was nice to him. His friend took his advice to heart and, after 32 days, was a changed man. “My friend is the one who suggested that I think seriously about counselling as an alternative calling. That changed my life too,” says Singh. Two years later, he printed stickers with the slogan, ‘If you are feeling low, call Jassi’, with his home number printed below. That was the beginning of the ‘Institute of Happiness’ which now runs from the office of Encon Thermal Engineers Pvt Ltd, where he is director, marketing. Singh has given tips on achieving happiness to around 17,000 people till date. “There hasn’t been a single complaint so far,” says the bespectacled Singh with a smile.

A distress call from a friend in 1998 eventually turned mechanical engi­neer Jaswinder Pal Singh into a professional happiness trainer. The Delhi-based friend was depressed and bent on taking his life after several personal and professional setbacks. “I told him to postpone his ‘suicide plans’ for a month and focus on three Gs—gratitude, goodness and giving,” says Singh. The idea was to change the mindset, get his friend to realise that whatever he had achieved till then was because of his good work. Singh also asked his friend to thank everyone who was nice to him. His friend took his advice to heart and, after 32 days, was a changed man. “My friend is the one who suggested that I think seriously about counselling as an alternative calling. That changed my life too,” says Singh. Two years later, he printed stickers with the slogan, ‘If you are feeling low, call Jassi’, with his home number printed below. That was the beginning of the ‘Institute of Happiness’ which now runs from the office of Encon Thermal Engineers Pvt Ltd, where he is director, marketing. Singh has given tips on achieving happiness to around 17,000 people till date. “There hasn’t been a single complaint so far,” says the bespectacled Singh with a smile.

Singh’s first client was a disheartened shopkeeper whose ‘confusion’ he helped clear. Singh’s ability to simplify complicated issues and lucidly explain research findings on various subjects made things easy for him. He often resorts to jokes and real-life incidents and stories to get his point across. He has also conducted ‘happiness’ training workshops for some 147 corporate houses in India and abroad.

Singh believes there are only two emotions, fear and love. “Our mind has hundreds of negat­ive thoughts. If you want to be positive, you have to change the setting from fear to love,” says the Doon School alumnus. “A person is unhappy because he doesn’t want to take charge of his life. He blames others for things not working out for him.”

Singh tells clients that life is not happening to us but is responding to us depending on what we are offering it. “If something is missing in your life, it is because you are not giving that particular thing to others. People want to harvest the fruit before they sow the seeds. That’s where the problem lies,” he says.

Singh believes money, fame and physical beauty are misconcepti­ons that deprive us of happiness. “Removing these misconceptions and developing happiness habits will make you naturally positive,” he advises.

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