Introduction For Live Happy

To live happy is to experience life in all its complexity and glory. 

Happiness is a state of mind that bubbles up from inside of us. Unfortunately, we tend to chase happiness outside of ourselves. We think happiness comes in some external form. like a better job. a new car, dream home, or that perfect yearly vacation.

Thich Nhat Hanh puts it this way:

Don’t look outside yourself for happiness. Let go of the idea that you don’t have it. It is available within you.” Thich Nhat Hanh. From The Heart of Buddha’s Teachings

In this article, I want to look at 4 insights into how to live happily. 

 

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Live Happy: The 4 Insights

Aristotle said, “Happiness is a state of activity.”

Aristotle viewed happiness as the key purpose in life.  

Eudaimonia is the Greek word that most closely matches our idea of happiness. 

In this quote, Aristotle is clearly saying that happiness is not something you process but something that comes from your own actions. In essence what pursuits make you happy? What do you love to do.? 

While that shiny new car might make us temporarily happy, it doesn’t last. The moment you see next year’s module with cooler styling and new gadgets your happiness fades.

Exercise:

This is a listing exercise that will help you become aware of all the times you look externally for happiness. This is so common we barely notice it when we do this.

Write down all the conditions you’ve placed on happiness:

For example, I won’t be happy until I find my romantic partner. 

Keep the list handy so you can write them down when they pop into your head. 

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”

Source Lucile Ball

Do you know what makes you happy? We often ask for external things that make us happy. We ask for things like a better job, more money, a bigger house, the ideal partner, and, well-behaved kids.

In his wonderful book. Living Untetered  Michael Singer suggests that what we are really asking for, and what we really want is; joy, love, enthusiasm, and passion for every moment of our lives. (ref. Chapter 29 page 143). 

What you are seeking is what Joe Dispenza author of Becoming Supernatural are elevated emotions. These are high vibrational emotions that bring us fulfillment.

Exercise

What do the material things I think will make me happy really represent in terms of elevated emotions? When you understand what you really want you open the pathway for happiness to bubble up from inside of you. 

It isn’t what you have, or where you are. or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.

Source: Dale Carnegie

If our mind is full of negative thoughts then it follows the command to live happy, is not possible.

When we have a negative self-image, find fault with our friends and everything around us, and expect the worse, happiness is a fleeting experience at best.

In his book, Flourish Martin Seligman suggests we need five attributes to enjoy well-being and happiness. Those are. Positive Emotions, Engagement. Positive Relationships, Meaning, and accomplishment. Or PERMA for short.

Exercise:

This is an exercise suggested by Martin Seligman.“Here is the exercise: find one wholly unexpected kind thing to do tomorrow and just do it. Notice what happens to your mood.”

 

 There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. 

Source: Epictetus

We spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about things we cannot control. We use up a lot of bandwidth. Happiness is pushed aside.  

One of the best solutions to worrying about the things we can’t control is mindfulness. Learn to spend your time in the present moment. When past and future don’t exist magically there is nothing to worry about. 

Exercise

 We have a very simple exercise when you catch yourself worrying. I am not sure where I first heard this so I can’t credit the source.

When you catch yourself worrying aak “I want a better thought.” Or “Give me a better thought.”

This is a way to train your mind to focus on positivity.

Live Happy: Next Steps

 In this article, we’ve included  4 exercises to help you live a happier life. The next step is up to you.  You have a choice. Continue to chase after elusive happiness in external things or do the inner work that allows your natural state of happiness to bubble up.  

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