Are you experiencing Happiness?
Wikipedia defines Happiness as “a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happy mental states may also reflect judgments by a person about their overall well-being.”
We’ve all met someone who is always in a good mood, always thinking positive. They are always peppy and upbeat. They are more active and down for a good time. Most times, are in good to great health. And we all know a Debbie Downer, the person who is always negative, complaining about something, doesn’t get excited about much. They are usually sluggish and in poor health.
Why is our outlook on life a reflection of our health?
There is a scientific explanation for it but I like to think of it as going to work. You are more productive when you like who you work with. You start bouncing ideas off each other and cover for each other. So does your body, each organ and cell begin to work in unison repairing and maintaining the body as a whole. When you don’t like going to work you are not as productive as you can be. You keep your head down and do your own work load. Same with your body, it begins to work separately only maintaining your body not repairing it.
When someone gets you upset how long do you dwell on it? Do you tell other people about it? Is that the topic of the hour or the day? How productive do you become? How does it affect your mood?
Now answer the same questions about when someone makes you happy.
How different are your answers? Most would say they dwell on the negative more than the positive.
We so often get caught up on the negativity of our environment, the people around us, the food we eat, the music we listen to, the Tv shows, news programs and movies we watch. It’s no wonder why we only experience bursts of happiness and not experience a state of happiness. We should be living our lives in a state of happiness with bursts of negativity.
Think of what makes you happy: compliments, Thank-You notes, a warm smile, a big hug, a parking spot, a seat on the bus or train, an unexpected sale when shopping. The KEY to experience happiness is you must project happiness. Take what makes you happy and hold on to it tight, the world will come against you to take your happiness. Remember the feeling of happiness, how it warms your soul, and share it with the world. It starts with you and how you view and interact with the world. Imagine if our first reactions were that of love and compassion, not of judgment and mistrust.
Humans are best at copying behavior, after time your happiness will be contagious!