Choice of Happiness

    Happiness is a choice

     

    Happiness is a choice

    Life can be tough…there’s no doubt about it. Unfortunately, many of us wait for external circumstances to dictate our happiness. What’s worse is that if something doesn’t come along to make us happy and then we can get stuck in a bad place for an extended period of time.

     

    The good news is that happiness is a choice: One theory that psychologists suggest is that we all have a happiness “set-point” that basically determines our overall well-being. We fluctuate around this set point, becoming happier when something positive happens or the opposite, afterwards returning to our standard setting.

    But this set-point, as it is explained, can be reset. Despite the fact that our general mood levels and happiness are partially determined, in part, by our genetics and upbringing, approximately 40 percent of our happiness is within our control, according to some experts. Much of research in the field of positive psychology has illustrated that happiness is a choice that anyone can make. As psychologist William James put it, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”

     

     

    Here are three tips you can use to enjoy more happiness in your life:

     

    1. Practice Gratitude

     

    Being mindful of thankfulness and gratitude is actually a scientific means of increasing happiness and it’s completely in your control.

     

    People who operate from a position of gratitude tend to appreciate simple pleasures, defined as “those pleasures in life that are available to most people,” according to a report in the journal of Social Behavior and Personality.

     

    1. Let Yourself Be Happy

     

    Bronnie Ware is a nurse who spent years working with elderly people on their deathbeds. From her experience, she determined that there was a common thread among her patients at the end of their lives: They regretted not “letting” themselves be happy.

     

    Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying, a Huffington Post blog. In it she wrote:

     

    “Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again … Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”

     

    1. Show Some Compassion

     

    If you want to get your brain to focus on happiness, try meditating on compassion. Brain-scanning studies on French monk Matthieu Ricard found that when he was practicing loving-kindness meditation, his brain produced gamma waves “never reported before in the neuroscience literature.” Not surprisingly, Ricard has the most capacity for happiness ever recorded.

     

    “Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are,” Ricard told the New York Daily News.

     

    Choose, today, to be happy. It’s all in your control.

     

     

     

     

     

    Happiness is a choice

    Life can be tough…there’s no doubt about it. Unfortunately, many of us wait for external circumstances to dictate our happiness. What’s worse is that if something doesn’t come along to make us happy and then we can get stuck in a bad place for an extended period of time.

     

    The good news is that happiness is a choice: One theory that psychologists suggest is that we all have a happiness “set-point” that basically determines our overall well-being. We fluctuate around this set point, becoming happier when something positive happens or the opposite, afterwards returning to our standard setting.

    But this set-point, as it is explained, can be reset. Despite the fact that our general mood levels and happiness are partially determined, in part, by our genetics and upbringing, approximately 40 percent of our happiness is within our control, according to some experts. Much of research in the field of positive psychology has illustrated that happiness is a choice that anyone can make. As psychologist William James put it, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.”

     

     

    Here are three tips you can use to enjoy more happiness in your life:

     

    1. Practice Gratitude

     

    Being mindful of thankfulness and gratitude is actually a scientific means of increasing happiness and it’s completely in your control.

     

    People who operate from a position of gratitude tend to appreciate simple pleasures, defined as “those pleasures in life that are available to most people,” according to a report in the journal of Social Behavior and Personality.

     

    1. Let Yourself Be Happy

     

    Bronnie Ware is a nurse who spent years working with elderly people on their deathbeds. From her experience, she determined that there was a common thread among her patients at the end of their lives: They regretted not “letting” themselves be happy.

     

    Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying, a Huffington Post blog. In it she wrote:

     

    “Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again … Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”

     

    1. Show Some Compassion

     

    If you want to get your brain to focus on happiness, try meditating on compassion. Brain-scanning studies on French monk Matthieu Ricard found that when he was practicing loving-kindness meditation, his brain produced gamma waves “never reported before in the neuroscience literature.” Not surprisingly, Ricard has the most capacity for happiness ever recorded.

     

    “Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are,” Ricard told the New York Daily News.

     

    Choose, today, to be happy. It’s all in your control.

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