Want to be happy?
These 10 ‘secrets’ to achieving just that, almost seem too easy to even be worth the attempt…
Do things for others – volunteer to work for a charity in your spare time
Connect with people – get in touch with friends with whom you have lost contact
Take care of your body – go for a run.
Notice the world around – take time to appreciate wildlife in your area.
5. TRYING OUT
Keep learning new things – learn a new language.
Have goals to look forward to – make resolutions and stick to them.
Find ways to bounce back – learn from defeats to do things better in the future.
Take a positive approach – focus on the happy moments of your life rather than the sad.
Be comfortable with who you are – do not dwell on your flaws.
Be part of something bigger – join a society or club. [Read More]
But if you consider what’s at stake?
[via Telegraph] Research suggests that despite having much more materially than previous generations, the country is no happier than it was half a century ago.
Experts warn that unless we undergo a “radical cultural change”, Britain [But I believe suits other countries as well. Hello, US - Looking at YOU!] will slide into unprecedented depths of despair blighted by rising rates of suicide and depression.
A group of eminent British thinkers from the worlds of education, economics and politics – backed by the Dalai Lama – yesterday launched a campaign to halt the nation’s psychological decline.
Action for Happiness, a mass movement to promote mental wellbeing, calls on people to address 10 key deficiencies in their lives to counter our growing gloom.
Led by Lord Layard, Professor of economics at the London School of Economics, it warns that we do not give enough to others, have lost the art of connecting with those around us, and no longer possess a sense of belonging in society.
Our happiness is also being hampered by a blinkered approach to the world around us and a lack of exercise, direction, resilience and ambition, the study claims.
Mr Seldon, who pioneered “wellbeing” lesson’s at the independent school in 2006, said: “Children today are like balls in a pinball machine – constantly bounced around without a solid grounding in how to behave towards other people and the values which bring wellbeing.
“Young people now are being brought up grasping for what they don’t have rather than appreciating everything they already do.
“For everything we have gained in material wealth and sophistication in recent years, we have lost in happiness and the overall richness of the fabric of society. [Read More]
And why is that last statement so true?
Because people are looking towards the WRONG things for happiness.
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Buddhist monk, photographer and author Matthieu Ricard has devoted his life to these questions, and his answer is influenced by his faith as well as by his scientific turn of mind: We can train our minds in habits of happiness. Interwoven with his talk are stunning photographs of the Himalayas and of his spiritual community.
Happiness comes from within…
Not from outside influences.
Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control. We cannot have a light heart if our minds are a woeful cauldron of fear and ambition. Do you wish to be invincible? Then don’t enter into combat with what you have no real control over. Your happiness depends on three things, all of which are within your power: your will, your ideas concerning the events which you are involved, and the use you make of your ideas. Authentic happiness is always independent of external conditions. Vigilantly practice indifference to external conditions. Your happiness can only be found within. How easily dazzled and deceived we are by eloquence, job title, degrees, high honors, fancy possessions, expensive clothing, or a suave demeanor. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that celebrities, public figures, political leaders, the wealthy, or people with great intellectual or artistic gifts are necessarily happy. To do so is to be bewildered by appearances and will only make you doubt yourself. Remember: The real essence of good is found only within things under your own control. If you keep this in mind, you won’t find yourself feeling falsely envious or forlorn, pitifully comparing yourself and your accomplishments to others. Stop aspiring to be anyone other than your own best self. For that does fall within your control. [Read More]