happiness

Maximize your happiness with these five tips

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 by: PF Louis
Tags: happiness, tips, habits

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
CDC admits it has been lying all along about Ebola transmission; "indirect" spread now acknowledged
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet

Delicious
(NaturalNews) Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a phrase that appears in the original Declaration of Independence.

According to Marci Shimoff in her book Happy for No Reason, "Back in Jefferson's day, the common usage of the word pursue was not to chase after. In 1776, to pursue something meant to practice that activity, to do it regularly, to make a habit of it."

The American way has been debased into doing what it takes to achieve material wealth and die with the most toys as the key to happiness, or conversely, indulging in intoxication, party-party, TV, sexual craving, and all manner of degrading activity.

Comic social commentator George Carlin once said becoming happy through material possessions is like taping sandwiches to your body to stop being hungry.

You may be aware that the world's really gotten scary lately, making happiness seem more elusive. That's because the curtains have been drawn and the true nature of the powers that be have been revealed. But we don't need them for our true individual happiness.

We may not succeed in conquering the elusive beasts in power who are destroying life and liberty, but we can discover true happiness within if we practice regardless of their imposed external madness.

Five hopefully helpful tips for practicing happiness

(1) In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Pollonius gave this advice to his son Laertus upon his departure to college, "This above all, to thine own self be true." We are all in different stages of awareness with what our own self is. Finding that is essential.

You can start by being more interested in your circumstances, surroundings and others instead of focusing on being interesting or appealing to others. Developing an interesting persona leads to narcissism, and most narcissists only fake happiness to gain others' attention.

(2) Thousands of thoughts go on without our awareness. Instead of hiding a negative emotion from yourself, such as resentment, anger or angst, try to catch the fleeting thought behind that emotion without putting yourself down.

Simply identify that thought objectively and label it for what it is. This serves to put it in its place to help you let go of it. We are creatures of habit who tend to operate automatically. Mindfulness helps eliminate thoughts that hold us in place and lock up our awareness, which is consciousness.

(3) Practice gratitude often. Gratitude is not a platitude or an attitude of arrogance to claim superiority. It is true humility that evokes love from the heart. Some say it evokes grace. For most of us, it takes some practice before we begin understanding the difference between true humility instead of "I'm glad I'm not like them."

(4) One method to obtain the humility needed for real gratitude is selfless service and sharing. This means you function in this world without proud expectations of praise and recognition or fearing consequences from failure.

Some call this the middle way or non-attachment. It doesn't mean you don't care or shouldn't get paid. You simply function with utmost mindfulness and the attitude of giving instead of receiving.

(5) Meditation is a major key to unlocking the happiness within. It should be practiced daily in a relatively tranquil space. The exact time is not as relevant as steady practice. There are places that teach meditation. But you can start practicing by sitting relaxed and comfortably on the floor or chair with your eyes closed.

Don't struggle with your mind. Observe it with detachment. To avoid chasing or squashing thoughts, focus on your breathing or your solar plexus or navel area. Some use mantra repetition. All of these methods are simply centering techniques to keep you from getting entangled with your thoughts instead of letting them come and go.

Sources for this article include:

http://identitymagazine.net/2013/02/19/maximize-your-happiness/

http://experiencelife.com/article/the-happiness-hypothesis-2/

http://experiencelife.com/article/happy-for-no-reason/

http://en.wikipedia.org

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.