Furthermore, actions stemming from happiness are much more effective at attaining happiness rather than actions stemming from discontentment, which will only breed more discontentment. It seems bizarre to do anything other than be happy in the moment when described in this way. If we act from a discontent place in order to become happy, it’s less likely we will do so with authenticity and connected purpose. If we work toward living authentically, being present and happy in the moment, those emotions will fuel and inject themselves into all we do.
We must continually reflect and celebrate the amazing-ness of regular moments throughout the day. This develops one’s capacity to be happy in the moment, which will fuel living happily in all moments.
Practice Makes Perfect
- Three new people, places or things to be grateful for each day
- Exercise: Preferably 30 minutes a day, five days a week
- Meditation: 7 minutes is all you need to create change in the brain (and with meditation – the more the better!)
- Random Acts of Kindness: A smile, holding the door, picking up a piece of trash, doing someone else’s dishes. It doesn’t have to be huge or money related, it could be as simple as giving someone your full attention at the check out stand.
Doing this already? How do you feel?
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