7 reminders to cultivate happiness.
“Had the river consulted the mountain on how to flow, it would have never started flowing.” – An Ancient Aphorism.
Like the river that never broods on predetermining its path, so should you accord with your instinct in every step of your life.
Here are 7 reminders you should feed yourself every day to cultivate happiness.
1. This Moment Is All You Have
Time as a concept is often misunderstood. Even worse is the way it is implemented in the real world. A person’s real wealth is the present moment. But the majority fails to realize that. They keep striving for the future. They carry on with the false notion that the future will bring joy and happiness and that the present moment is something utterly incomplete. Immerse yourself in the present moment. Experience and enjoy it to the fullest. It is in this particular moment that you’ll find contentment.
2. Things Happen At The Right Time
The philosophy of things happening at the right moment is not false. In fact, if you look at life carefully, you’ll find every moment has happened in complete accordance with time. Things could have been worse if they had taken place in a separate timeline altogether.
3. Every Day Is A New Beginning
However bad your previous day was, you can always start afresh. The first rays of the sunward off all the negativity from the previous night and give each and every one of us the golden opportunity to go for a new beginning. Remember, nothing lasts forever; not even negativity. With time, they are destined to get dissolved.
4. Things Are, But Not Yours
Our social upbringing teaches us to possess everything we desire. This desire, in turn, is fueled by the perpetual consumerism. While commodities can be possessed, happiness and peace of mind will always remain beyond the reach of materialism. If you think contentment is something to be grabbed, then you’re gravely mistaken. Virtues always lie beyond the reach of material grip.
5. You Never Get More Than You Can Handle
We think of pain and suffering as something bad happening to us. But what we fail to realize is that they help us become stronger versions of ourselves. We think we’re receiving far more pain than we deserve, but the fact is that we’re never given more than what we can handle. No matter how difficult the circumstances seem to be, we must always remember that the magnitude of hurdles is set in a way to help us become mature and experienced.
6. Go Deaf Ear To What Others Think Of You
The more you go for the approval of others, the more you’ll suffer. Because the world outside of yourself will always criticize you for being who you are. People will always expect you to be someone you’re not. But you’re here to fulfill your dreams, not others’. Break free from the social conditioning that dictates you to shed your current self and put on a fake persona. Your life is in your hands, and should always be governed by your soul. So be true to yourself. Others can never understand your vision, so no point in anticipating their approval or acknowledgment.
7. Never Compromise On Yourself Just To Escape Loneliness
Nowadays, people prefer social gatherings over solitude. Not because they enjoy it, but to escape the void of loneliness. They always live with the fear that if they don’t conform to societal customs, they’d be laughed at and eventually outcasted, leaving them with irreparable loneliness. But seldom do people realize that the people they’re spending time with never help them to be who they are, rather they keep persuading them to aspire to something other than what they are, which in its very nature is toxic and contradictory. So it is always advised to be alone and work on your dreams than being with the wrong people.
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