Seems like we are constantly on a Happy Quest in our society these days. Is it just us, our time, or an ancient quest that has been passed down the ages? Do we have more time than the “old days” to consider our feelings and whether they feel good, or bad? Or, is life getting so complicated by the information age that we feel a dissatisfaction by all the things we are NOT doing, or that we should do? Or, is there too much woowoo stuff out there making some of us feel inadequate if we are not meditating and running a full time business, and exercising, and, and, and…. Read more
The following article (thank you, Daily Om) reminded me again that even when life is super challenging, it’s not only okay to laugh or smile it’s actually a very healthy thing to do. Coming from a family of illness, and very serious times, I would almost feel guilty if I had a moment of giggling or joy. But, it’s in my nature.
Merriment doesn’t remove daily challenges, but it can re-charge you to handle them better. During last weekend I became aware of a lightness in my body, as it was a very laughter filled time. The things we laughed at were simple, but struck us into hysterics.
Someone told me that after witnessing the Bouffon Flash Mob in the rain, their group returned to the office in great humour, and no umbrellas. Going there they were all grumpy and complaining. A little dancing in the rain changed things!
What do you think about this subject?
It can be so easy to get caught up in the rigors of modern life that we tend to forget that happiness need not come with stipulations. Happiness becomes something we must schedule and strive for — a hard-won emotion — and then only when we have no worries to occupy our thoughts. In reality, overwhelming joy is not the exclusive province of those with unlimited time and no troubles to speak of. Many of the happiest people on earth are also those coping with the most serious challenges. They have learned to make time for those simple yet superb pleasures that can be enjoyed quickly and easily. Cultivating a happy heart takes no more than five minutes. The resultant delight will be neither complex nor complicated, but it will be profound and will serve as a reminder that there is always a reason to smile. Read more