The Path to Happiness

In our modern day world you would be forgiven for thinking that it is impossible to be truly happy if you don’t have a continuos source of pleasure in your life. It has become a common misconception that true happiness can only be derived from pleasure, whereas in reality the two do not always have to be connected. In order to understand why this is true, it is helpful to look back on ancient perspectives of happiness and how people through the ages have attempted to interpret its meaning.

The idea that the mind is completely responsible for happiness is one that has been explored extensively. The essence of this concept is that perception is everything and by finding ways to believe that happiness surrounds you will in turn breed feelings of persistent happiness. In order to achieve this it is essential to find ways to have a positive response to every situation and experience that you encounter. This can of course be a difficult rule to live by as the majority of us can never have complete control over all of our emotions! So, for those of us who can’t, I’ve put together the following list of simple concepts that can help us to strive towards a place of peace positivity.

First of all, I encourage you to accept the fact that happiness is not something that will appear overnight. It is a journey that we take which requires our attention and effort. Don’t see happiness as something that you are entitled to, but rather something which you earn through your behaviour and treatment of others. As you spread happiness, it will come back to you. Be grateful for the happiness that others extend to you and show appreciation for those who do so.

Secondly, work to adjust your perceptions of the things that happen in your life. Allowing yourself to have your mood dragged down by negative events beyond your control plays straight into the hands of sadness. Try to see light in every dark situation and understand that with every setback you are growing as a person. Your character is dependant on the way you conduct yourself in the world and refusing to let negativity in will go a long way to aiding you on your journey to happiness.

Finally, spend some time contemplating the things that are important to you and the things that you believe to be true in terms of a basic belief system. Do you want to eradicate cruelty from all aspects of your life? Do you want to be moral and virtuous in all of your interactions? Do you want to be kind and thoughtful to everyone you encounter? Once you know how you want to live, it will be much easier to implement this lifestyle. It isn’t until you truly do so that you will be able to reap the happiness that doing so brings!

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Love this and couldn’t agree more. 2015 was so crappy I’m starting my 2016 blogging year with a Happiness Series. Claudia. . . . just saying

    1. Mary says:

      Good advice !!

  2. Pleasure does not equal happiness. I agree, living a life that is filled with your personal values whether stressful events occur or not creates better meaning. Meaning in life is happiness, not pleasure. It is unrealistic to expect continuous pleasure.

  3. Jess Carey says:

    “Once you know how you want to live, it will be much easier to implement this lifestyle.” It’s so true… so many people say they want to be happy, but not many people actually set aside the time to work out what that really means!

  4. N.A.Martin says:

    ‘Don’t see happiness as something that you are entitled to, but rather something which you earn through your behaviour and treatment of others’-Uplifting phrase, great post, cheers Heart Story

  5. RunBikeThrow says:

    I recommend Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” to give you a very different perspective on what happiness is and where it can be found.

  6. glittersandmayhem says:

    lost this post 🙂 x

  7. fitforpeople says:

    excellent. now go get yours!!!

  8. Hana says:

    What a lovely post 🙂 I agree with you, once you practising what you want from life and from people it starts to easily come back to you, I’m a firm believer in what goes around comes around 🙂

  9. Reblogged this on Midlands House of Healing Blog and commented:
    Pursue thy happiness

  10. Swizzle says:

    This is absolutely lovely to read!

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