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Common Myths about Happiness
5/30/2013 10:06:33 AM
I really liked this article! It's so hard to remain positive when you are in a vast sea of negative. And gratitude for what is right in front of you is so important. Can we hear from this author again?
What a great article. While it references Buddhism, there is also a verse in the Bible that reads - "I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am." I must often remind myself of this verse when I start to want what my neighbors have, or start feeling like I will be happy in the future when....malcontent seems to be innate to human nature; being in a state of contentment is a learned behavior.
Although this article sounds a bit like Pollyanna, it is absolutely true. And, put in other words, you can make yourself miserable by always concentrating on the bad things in life. Deal with the bad as best you can then put it behind you and move on.
Thanks for the reminder, as much as know and believe mind over matter, sometimes I need to be kind to myself and let myself feel whatever it is that is upsetting, then move on and not feel guilty which is what I often do. I feel guilty because I am very well aware that there is always someone worse off then whatever I am experiencing at the moment. Believe me when I say, the things that upset me are not trivial but do impact the lives of me and my children, like healthcare.
Today is so good! My son lost his keys two months ago at the Marriott Newport Coast. They arrived via FedEx!!!! I do believe that is the key to my happiness!!!! Finding the pure JOY is lost Keys found!!! We had to put my sweet English Springer Spaniel down today. He was 15 and needed to walk the streets of heaven!!!
Great article. The world says "You deserve"..fill in the blanks.. This attitude, that happiness exist in something outside of ourselves, is a big cause of suffering. Constantly craving is a miserable state of affairs and has nothing to do with the thing sought. Learning to be, here, now, and allow what is to be, is a good way to live in peace.
Examine craving closely. It's never what it seems to be.
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