Updated: Jan 30
Happiness appears to be lucrative, only available to certain groups of people. The reality is, happiness is something we are all capable of cultivating. The secret is in knowing how!
Sometimes finding happiness can be as tedious and difficult as finding a needle in a haystack. In actual fact, it's very simple if you know exactly where to look! #Happiness only lives in the present moment. If you're thinking and feeling from the past, then it's a memory, if in the future it's a hope and dream. Being present in the moment that is happening right now, that is where you can create true happiness.
“Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.” - Buddha
Here are five secrets to bring more happiness into your life without having to outsource it from an external place.
The right side of our brain controls various functions, like our #creativity, #intuition and #imagination to name a few. Whereas the left side controls logic, language and reasoning. In order to live healthily balanced lives, we need to maintain an equilibrium of the two. The world we live in today is predominantly left-sided and the consequences of this are shown in the vast scale of unhappy people.
Regularly indulging in some creative activities will start to bring the right side of your brain back up to a healthy functioning state. Creativeness goes beyond just music and art. It's in imagination, writing and conversations with others.
You are who you are and who you are is exceptionally unique and amazing. It is easy to put yourself down, compare yourself to others and long to change into something else. One secret to true happiness is acceptance. Accepting you, body, mind and soul. Accepting your past, as it was and where it brought you to be.
Your #ego is the one responsible for the way you falsely betray yourself. It takes on its own personality and starts to compare itself against other egos it sees and meets. Understanding that you are not your ego, but something much more divine and pure will help you to accept yourself and in turn, result in a deeper sense of happiness. #EckhartTolle speaks about the ego in lengths in many of his books. A recommended read of his is #ANewEarth.
#Mindfulness has been one of the big words of the past few years, with more and more people becoming aware of its existence. So what does it mean? Being Mindful is when you purposely bring attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment. This includes being mindful of your own thoughts and feelings. When you bring your attention to what it is you are thinking, you are able to, at that moment change it to something that is better for you. Many of us have allowed our thoughts to take control of us and the result is suffering and unhappiness.
Being consciously aware of your thoughts and feelings helps you to control them, which will lead you into a happy state of awareness.
#Meditation has so many positive effects on our lives and meditating for even just ten minutes a day can have a profound impact on your health and wellbeing. Written evidence of any form of meditation was first seen in the Vedas around 1500 BCE, so it is safe to say it is tried and tested! #Happiness is a state of mind and meditation purifies the mind, allowing positive and loving thoughts to naturally grow and flourish.
There are so many ways to meditate; classes, guided online meditations, silent breathwork. The options are endless. The more you build your understanding and knowledge of meditation and ways of practising it, the more likely it is you’ll find a version that works for you!
Celebrate Your Wins
It's so easy to let small victories slip by unnoticed and before you know it you're beating yourself up for not achieving anything. Any win, no matter the size should be rewarded. Don't wait for others to celebrate for you, congratulate yourself any chance you can. Recognising your positives regularly, you will begin to emulate your inner state of happiness.
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