Have you smiled yet?\r\n\r\nThe story started with a very simple question by my\u00a07 years old\u00a0daughter, Siddhi.\u00a0The conversation that followed lead to a daily ritual that I will remain eternally grateful for!\u00a0Sometimes very simple things in life become the driving force behind unforgettable memories. Moments that add light and meaning to life, at the same time. \r\nNow, for the story - Few months back Siddhi came to me with a suspiciously curious look on her face and asked\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cPapa, this is the third time I noticed that all pictures of clock have\u00a0the same time, why?\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\nShe had been\u00a0learning to read the time in her school and so, had been very carefully observing all clocks. I didn\u2019t know the right answer at that time and so,\u00a0I just told her that it is kept this way because it\u2019s the \u201chappy time.\u201d I further told that if she looked at the clock\u2019s face, she\u2019d notice how it seemed to be smiling. This made my little girl\u2019s eyes sparkle, a truly Aha! moment. She thanked me with a pleased look in her eyes. The look an explorer would probably have on discovering something new!\r\nThe same day, exactly at 10:10 PM, she was right in front of me with a bright smile on her face. I asked her what the deal was? She cheerfully asked me to smile since it was \u201cthe Happy Time!\u201d \r\nI was surprised that she had held onto that silly piece of information with so much emotion! I could never have thought of the impact it would have. I responded with a smile back and it became our daily ritual. And I am proud to say that we have never missed our #happytime. Even on days when I am travelling on a weekend and its morning happy time (it occurs twice daily\u2026 for those who never noticed), I call her and nudge for a smile!\r\n\r\n\u201cSiddhi - My Sunshine\u201d\r\nThat\u2019s not all, after a few weeks there was another discovery in house. She came running to me on a Saturday afternoon -\u00a0\u201cPapa look at the clock! It\u2019s another happy time!\u201d \u00a0It was 01:50 PM according to the watch and it was again looking the same. Eventually, we figured out that\u00a0we get\u00a03\u00a0#happytimes in a day. The 4th\u00a0one\u00a0lands little late in night to catch up.\u00a0This funny little ritual of happy time was quite harmless to follow, and it soon became a routine between both of us. Sometimes, even the other family members in the house also participate in the ritual. \r\nHaving two little munchkins in my life has made me realise the importance of small pleasures. Look at the little kids - how often they smile, and we adults so easily take things for granted.\u00a0\r\nThis weird little ritual of ours comes to my rescue in the most unexpected ways. I was little stressed out one day while preparing for a demanding workshop. Suddenly I noticed it\u2019s the \u201dhappy time\u201d in the clock. I had a smile on my face. It was so therapeutic, others around me kept wondering what I was up to; but our little secret worked for me, like magic!\r\n\r\n\r\nIn these uncertain times of change and social distancing, such small rituals can make a big difference! So, did\u00a0you smile today? Do you have your happy times with your loved ones, everyday?