While I was thinking about what to write about this month, Stefan suggested the subject of Happiness. He was re-reading a book that our friend Jonathon James had written and then entrusted me with editing it. The book is titled: ‘Happiness’ the Ultimate Goal and although Jonathon didn’t actually see the finished book before he died he knew it was finished and he did contribute to the cover design.
In his introduction Jonathon said “The desire for happiness is a driving force that is greater than the will to survive and underlies all the actions of human beings, rational or otherwise.” He concluded that happiness is being in love with life.
What’s your definition of happiness?
Many people identify happiness as being dependent upon income or housing, or job or car – basically about money. How then is it that many of the poorest people in the world can be happy. But it would seem that they are.
There’s a whole world of advertising that suggests happiness depends on having this or that and a number of massive world-wide industries that depict happiness as dependent upon another person, which leaves that person with a whole lot of power and control over our lives.
So if happiness is not about money or possessions or position or other people what is it about.
The Dalai Lama said “For a happy life, physical well-being is important, but true wellness must include a happy mind. ” According to him, to attain happiness, one must be able to say, “My life is something meaningful, something useful.” This, in turn, requires an understanding of our common purpose: “the taking care of each other,” which is our “human nature.”
There’s plenty written about happiness and how to achieve it, but I’m all for simplicity and taking charge of our own lives. Therefore, I rather like the 10 scientifically proven suggestions from the Dry July Foundation.
We’d love to hear how you create happiness for yourself. After all, it’s in your hands. It's Your Life.
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