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How to Be Happier: 101

My Intent is to be happier

 


 What Does It Mean to Be Happier?
 
Happiness is one of those things that you know when you see it – or, more precisely, feel it. It falls somewhere along the spectrum between peace and contentment on up to unbridled joy and euphoria. But whatever makes you happy, we all know that it tends to be elusive. Which means most of us wind up chasing it down a lot, striving to draw more happiness into our lives. In his book The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Daily Living the Dalai Lama notes that happiness has less to do with what’s around us – where we live, how much money we make, whether we have the perfect relationship or job – than our state of mind, which means the key to greater happiness lies largely in our own hands.
 
How Can I Achieve My Intent?
An exclusive round-up of the best thinking from leading experts
 
“At the end of the day — while driving home from work, at dinner with your family, just before you go to sleep, whatever works for you — ask yourself three questions: 1. What am I thankful for today? 2. What do I feel satisfied about? 3. What did I enjoy doing today? You’ll not only get an instant uplift, but like a heat-seeking missile, you’ll get more and more in touch with what brings you happiness in your life.” — M.J. Ryan, coach and author of The Happiness Makeover, is reachable at maryjaneryan@gmail.com
 
“If you want to be happier, ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree on what to do: strengthen your bonds with other people. Spend time with your family and friends, show up, find ways to give support to others, join or start a group, pick up the phone, travel to visit someone you haven’t seen…anything that brings you into more constant and deeper contact with other people will boost your happiness.” — Gretchen Rubin is creator of the blog, The Happiness Project, where she reports her daily adventures in trying to be happier. Her book, The Happiness Project (Harper) will be published in December 2009
 
“As much as 40% of happiness is shaped by our intentional efforts — that is, by how we think and how we act in our daily lives. This means that up to 40% of happiness is under our control. Here are a few things research has shown improve happiness: Expressing gratitude for what you have, either privately – through contemplation or journaling – or to someone who’s close to you, or conveying your appreciation to one or more individuals whom you’ve never properly thanked. Another one: Cultivating optimism, perhaps by keeping a journal in which you imagine and write about the best possible future for yourself, or practicing to look at the bright side of every situation.” – Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside, California, and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
 
“Take a moment every now and then to stop whatever you are doing and just be in the present. Make yourself aware of everything around you and remind yourself how lucky you are to be where you are. That coffee mug? Not everyone has one. Those clothes you are wearing? Appreciate them. The clean air you are breathing? Say a quiet ‘thank you’ for having it. That tummy that is not rumbling out of control? Appreciate how lucky you are to be one of the few people in history who has never had to listen to the rumbling with nothing to feed it but despair. The paper clip on the paper? The paper? The ability to write on the paper? So much to appreciate. So much happiness from appreciating – happiness that eludes people who take those things for granted.” — David Leonhardt, creator of The Happy Guy blog and author of Climb Your Stairway to Heaven: The 9 Habits of Maximum Happiness
 
Where Do I Start?
 
For my book, The Geography of Bliss, I spent a year traveling the world, exploring why some countries are happier than others. Here are a few of the universal lessons I learned about how to—and how not to—pursue happiness.
 
Engage in Bracketed Indulgence: Everything in moderation, including moderation. There is something to be said for the binge mentality. Icelanders know this well. They drink like fish on the weekends but are teetotalers during the week. That’s the way they approach work and love, too. It makes for a zesty life.
 
Reach Out And…. The notion of "personal happiness" is ridiculous. No one ever found happiness gazing at their navel, alone. Happiness is not personal. It is relational. If we improve our relationships, we will surely boost our happiness. An obvious lesson, perhaps, but an essential one.
 
Think About Death For Five Minutes Every Day: This is not as morbid as it sounds. We in the West avoid the subject of death at all costs. But, of course, the fear of death is always there—amplified, ironically, by our avoidance of it. So we experience a chronic background anxiety. This can be relieved by contemplating, though not dwelling on, our own mortality.
Avoid Envy: Envy is one of the great enemies of happiness. It is toxic. Envious societies are invariably unhappy ones, since people are forever yoking their own happiness to the unhappiness of others. It is a game with no winners, and the happiest countries in the world go to great lengths to squelch envy. The Swiss, for instance, don’t show off their considerable wealth. Their attitude is: "If you’ve got it, hide it." It works.
 
Don’t Think Too Much: Some of the happiest places in the world are those where people don’t contemplate happiness very much. In these cultures, excessive thinking—about anything—is considered a form of mental illness. The Thais have a wonderful expression that translates as, "You think too much!" There is much to recommend the unexamined life. It can be liberating.
 
 
 
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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what the

 Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. 
 
The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want."
~ Margaret Young
 
 
Life – Meaningfulness
The above quote describes the procedure of living so meaningfully
 
Integrity
How well indeed it encourage one to be oneself truly and naturally.
 
Embark
Then seeks to meaningfully encourage one to attend to the respective/concerned objectives
 
Accomplish
To achieve and accomplish one’s priorities meaningfully.
 
Impressive
It is a simple yet effective inspiring set of words, with each word expressing meaningful value.
 
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina; Sarve Bhavantu Sukhina
 
May One and All be Happy and Peaceful;
 
May One and All have well-being and live peacefully together
 
May Happiness be showered on all;
 
May One and All be Healthy
 
 
O Lord Protect us
 
O Lord Guide us
 
O Lord Grant us Wisdom
 
O Lord Lead us from darkness to Light (From ignorance to Knowledge)
 
O Lord May there be Universal Peace, Hope, Happiness, Wisdom, Prosperity and Progress
 
Best Wishes,
Vashi Ram Chandi 
 
 

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