We are all in search of that elusive, utopian – happy and stress-free life – and yet all we ever do is the opposite of what can bring us closer to this state of bliss.
Want a happy and stress-free life? Then take a moment to do nothing. Let your thoughts wander. Take in the sights, sounds, smells of your surrounding – now, read on. (we just wanted to get all your attention! After all, the first step is being present in the moment.)
How do you define happiness? Happiness is not a momentary feeling, rather it is an ongoing practice. ‘Positive thoughts’ can help you achieve happiness and peace of mind. Taking ‘appropriate actions’ is the physical manifestation of happiness and positivity. The third practice of happiness is making the ‘right choices’ that aligns you with your inner spirit. Read more to learn how you can find happiness with your thoughts, actions, and choices.
Happiness is not a blind, naive, ignorant or one-sided perspective. What we perceive as a negative event, is a natural drive towards the sweet spot of balance and harmony. Positive psychology serves to reinforce the importance of negative emotions and experiences because without them we rob ourselves of the chance to know what we are truly capable of.
There will always be things in your life that are out of your control, things that can either zap your energy or open your eyes. The economy, natural disasters, ignorant people, are things that are not within your control. It is not in your best interest to stress about them or give them the power to rule you. What you do have control over is your level of happiness and what you focus on in your life. So, try not to fret about things that you can not change or control, it just zaps your energy and lowers your joy level.
Our ability to think offers us options, but sadly too often the options we choose are destructive ones rather than unifying and healing ones. Here are a few essential tips on how to evaluate your thoughts and feelings to become a rational and sensible human being.
When you are moved out of emotional balance you go into a negative place, and if you do not fix it, it gets worse and eventually moves into a physical disease in the body. You are thrown curves on a regular basis, but you do not have to hold onto it. Here is how you can move back into a healthy attitude, positive thinking, releasing negative feelings and behaviors and moving forward.
In this 8-minute video, the Dalai Lama shares some profound insights into what he believes contributes to true happiness, and how having a somewhat warped view of what happiness is can be responsible for the cause of depression.
Settle in a community that encourages walking. Choose jobs closer to home to reduce wasteful commuting. Socialize by meeting people face-to-face. Enroll in a club with like-minded people, or start one. Avoid financial traps like credit cards and rather focus on experiencing life and creating memories. Set up your home with fewer screens. Volunteer and spread love.