I think it’s fascinating, when lessons i’ve learned since a child, as a Sri Lankan, as a Buddhist are being perpetuated through Western Media. This information is shared, with “research”, “Statistics”, “control groups”….. But it’s something we’re trained to do from the very first time we are exposed to Buddhism. Meditate.
People often mistake meditation for absense of “doing” and Buddhism for “Life is suffering.”
Meditation is focusing on the one thing you’re doing, and not letting your mind wander.
Buddhism isn’t the concept that Life is suffering”, it is the path to happiness.
So whether you get it from Buddhism, or from a Times article, find your Happy. 🙂
Research has found about 9 zillion things you can do to increase happiness.
Of course, you’re probably not doing any of them. To be fair, most people don’t really do much to deliberately make their lives happier.
Researchers found that the majority of the subjects they studied were not able to identify anything they had done recently to try to increase their happiness or life satisfaction.
So you want to start? You want something insanely easy to do that research has demonstrated over and over again works?
Something that the happiest people in the world all do?
Here you go:
Next time something good happens, stop whatever you are doing, give it a second and appreciate that moment.
Old cliches like “stopping to smell the roses” and “it’s the little things in life”? They’re true.
The happiness researchers…
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