The Art of Happiness and Making Each Day Your Best
In the spirit of relaunching my blog which was dormant for a while I thought it would be appropriate to write about peace, harmony and what everyone seems to rarely achieve in challenging times….Happiness.
In the classic gem “The Art of Happiness”, the Dalai Lama shares this powerful insight into life:
“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. [Regardless of religion], we are all seeking something better in life. So I think the very motion of our life is toward happiness.
How do we achieve happiness?
What common factor that we can rely upon, regardless of our health, wealth, appearance, family, etc?
The Dalai Lama goes on to discuss how the mind can be trained and conditioned for happiness, despite a lack of material wealth and success. It’s that whole idea of “wanting what you have versus having what you want.” Tony Robbins calls it “reframing your perspective”. James Allen simply calls it “self-control.” Whatever name it goes by, the principle is the same: We all have the power to think positive thoughts, and to react positively to every “negative” thing that happens in our lives.
Why is it so hard to do?
Because like anything of any worth, it takes:
- It takes effort
- It takes practice.
- It takes time.
- It takes skills
The sooner you begin, the sooner it gets easy. But no matter how old we are, we can all start practicing positive thinking, backed by action today, and begin being happier immediately. It’s very easy to get out of practice, however, so it’s best to surround yourself with triggers for happiness.
Music is my number one go to trigger and serves as my ultimate vehicle of choice. Think of how happy we get when we hear our favorite tunes that bring us back to fond memories.We can also remind ourselves with little incantations such as “look on the bright side” or simply remembering to just breathe when things aren’t going as planned.
I hope this simple tip brightens up your day.
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