“Hellen Keller was asked it must be hard being blind. She responded it would be hard if I had no vision because we really see with our hearts.”
Many times when people are asked what they want out of life happiness is most likely on the list. In a perfect world we all want to launch out of bed in the morning without an alarm clock free to embrace the day in all happiness and bliss. I feel each one of us can achieve this because it is our birthright to be happy.
How do we achieve happiness, that is a good question as I am a work in progress myself but what I do know is that happiness starts with yourself. Going through a very emotional and spiritual growth period this year, I’ve learned first-hand is that no tangible thing, person or extrinsic component of life can create happiness. We must seek it within ourselves, fully accept ourselves and find the path to create and sustain authentic happiness. Once we do this we won’t tolerate being around people or situations that make us feel anything less. If we are in that type of environment (sometimes we have to be there) we will not let it affect us.
I recently watched The Happiness Film on Gaiam TV directed by Academy Award-nominated director Roko BelicIt. It is interesting film on what it means to be happy and how we can attain this state of being. It was very inspiring to see the beauty of the human spirit and what happiness means to people all over the world. It was also interesting to learn about the psychological component of happiness. Some of interesting information about happiness includes the following:
- Happiness helps you attain your goals, create better relationships, and increased abundance.
- 50% of personal happiness is within your genetic makeup. 10% are the extrinsic things that we are told to focus on and the other 40% is unaccounted for, so this percentage are behavioral things that we can do to create happiness.
- The Hedonic Treadmill theory.
- It is proven that happy people have a strong support system and very close to family and friends.
- Individuals who experience Flow on a regular basis are happier than those who do not. (Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
is a great book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)
The film was very eye opening and came at a wonderful time. Along with happiness it also talks about the disconnect we have with others and how isolation can create a large aspect of unhappiness. It is so essential to understand how to reach the human spirit with compassion and love and this starts with ourselves. In the film it stated that joy comes from a connections to others. I feel we must first create happiness within so we can help heal and spread the joy to others that need our spirit and blessings. There were many highlights and moments in the film, but one of the most moving scenes is when middle school students shared their feelings about being bullied in fornt of their peers.
After watching the film, I thought about happiness and what it means to me. To me, happiness is peace of mind knowing all that happens is for the greater good. This concept is growing in me, like I said it has been both a tumultuous and triumphant year so I am working on fully understanding this concept without a second guess. As we are ending 2012 I thought of some things that I want to do more of in the New Year to be happy. 1. Practice becoming more compassionate. 2. Sustain better relationships with myself and others. 3. Share my God given gifts in a surrendered way. 4. Focus on what is truly important. 5. Become more unapologetically authentic.
I am so glad I saw this film, I encourage you to take some time out to watch it, I can guarantee you will have many takeaways. The film is on Gaiam TV, the first streaming video subscription services designed to reach those interested in health and happiness. With over 2,000 titles, Gaiam TV is like Netflix for the mind, body and spirit. There are many options such as thought provoking movies, top documentary films and a variety of fitness programs that you can watch online. You can get Gaiam TV on your personal computers, iPads and smartphones. If you are looking to have a self-empowering year and beyond Gaiam TV is your one stop shop.
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Again, I really encourage you to watch the film. I would love to hear your thoughts on happiness and five things that you will commit to in order to increase your happiness.
Peace and blessings,
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