August 16, 2010

The Happiness Process

When asked what happiness is, most people describe it as a feeling that comes from things outside of themselves; "I'm happy when I am traveling, or on the weekend, or at a social outing." But the happiness that we have the opportunity to touch in this lifetime comes from within, and is the key to feeling good about life. Finding how you feel and experience happiness is the first step. Describe happiness in your own terms, what does it mean to you? Where do you feel it in your body? The answers to these questions will lead you in a positive direction. Identifying is a powerful step to getting in touch with who you are, what you think and how you relate to a paticular subject.

The next step to understanding your happiness is begining to do the things that help you activate this feeling. Happiness does not exist outside of you, but it can be activated by outer things to help you find where it exists within. After you begin to ignite this feeling, you can then keep it humming on the inside. Discover what activates this feeling or state of mind in you by inquiring about the following: what makes you feel happy, content, peaceful, fulfilled, and then, do those things!

The last step in this process is sharing this inner state with the outer world. There is so much pain and hurting in this world, but a drop of happiness from you can begin to elevate the darkness. Emerson says it beautifully, "Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself." So in terms of this quote, by you begin happy in a moment and sharing it with another, you are affecting two people right then and there. This is a natural step to fidning a sense of purpose on a daily basis. Discover your happiness and share it with the world!

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