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Happiness is the promise of personal development, which is a process of growth and expansion, of greater self-awareness and purpose enhancing the quality of life and contributing to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Happiness is found in Forgiveness

Happiness is found in Forgiveness

“Ultimately the truth of who we are is not wounded by any experience.” Robert Holden, from “A Dialogue on Forgiveness Sanskrit is said to have been divinely revealed to meditating sages thousands of years ago; the sound of each word representing the subtle energy of its meaning. In this beautiful language, to forgive is to untie – meaning forgiveness is the untying of our emotional knots. It is in this release of emotion, where we freely feel the flow of pain, fear, anger, loss and disappointment and where we also can experience empathy, compassion and ultimately joy. The harder you ... Read More »

Is Happiness a Matter of Attitude

Is Happiness a Matter of Attitude

“You become what you think” is philosophy that has its roots in ancient teachings. The basis of the philosophy is that what you think most about over time is what you become. If my desire is to live a happy life, my question is happiness a matter of attitude? Another way of phrasing that question is, “is happiness a self-fulfilling prophecy?” There’s a concept in psychology known as the “self-fulfilling prophecy.” This concept is built around the idea that a prediction that causes itself to become true is based in the making of the prediction in the first place. Robert ... Read More »

Small Steps toward Happiness

Small Steps toward Happiness

For me the greatest obstacle on the road to happiness was just getting started, as I’m sure it is for many people. As I would start down my road to happiness (meaning I would consider making the big changes), I would start out very gung-ho only to find my torrent of enthusiasm fading to a trickle of “wouldn’t it be nice if that happened,” type thinking by the onset of February – at least that use to be my pattern. But I’ve changed my approach, and instead of making, what to my ego-mind seemed like huge changes, I just taken ... Read More »

What is Moral Happiness?

What is Moral Happiness?

As we go through this journey of life, sometimes we are faced with questions that neither our years of schooling nor our experience can answer. These types of questions are often existential, touching us at core of our being, our soul. “What is moral happiness,” is that type of question. Likely that wasn’t the way we heard it in our heads, as the issues that prompted the question in the first place being to surface in our minds. While you have likely dealt with the consequences, this is maybe the first time you’ve heard the term moral happiness, so what ... Read More »

Fundamentals of Happiness

Fundamentals of Happiness

One of the things that all of humanity seems to have in common is that we’re constantly searching for happiness. Even with all the technological advances and scientific breakthroughs there is nothing that allows us to be genuinely happy for longer than a brief minute. My experience has been that the faster new products and shiny objects are created and marketed the more fleeting their effect on my happiness meter. This generation – and by that I mean the people living in this age and not people of a certain age – have lost the ability to connect with the ... Read More »

Happiness is Knowing that You are Enough

Happiness is Knowing that You are Enough

Happiness is knowing that you are enough. But the question is, do you think you’re enough? Do you think you are enough to handle all the responsibilities in life? Do you believe you will ever be enough? These questions haunt everyone because they are all about judgment, sometime we all dislike. Sure we dislike it but we’re aware that it’s happening to us all the time or at least we imagine that it is. I believe that in this case our imaginations are working overtime. No doubt we are being judged all the time, the tone of that judgment, I’m ... Read More »

Is Happiness Your Responsibility?

Is Happiness Your Responsibility?

Is happiness your responsibility? It’s the kind of question that most of us sit around contemplating. In the world view that most of us grew up with happiness just happens, and mostly as the result of our acquiring or achieving something. Acquiring or achieving something is conditional happiness, but real happiness, like true love is unconditional. And like love its unconditional happiness that we really desire. Unconditional happiness arises from within and that means that no one else besides us is responsible for our happiness. The question is, “If I’m responsible for my own happiness how and what do I ... Read More »

How do You Spread Happiness?

How do you spread happiness?

How do you spread happiness? The answer may not be as easy as it would seem at first blush. Happiness is very subjective and we are all pursuing the feeling. But when we catch it we want to share (an important clue to having success in finding it); we want to spread happiness in our own little ways. When we were young, a lot of us wanted to do something to change the world. End hunger, eradicate poverty, and help bring about world peace. However, as we grew older we became a bit more jaded; believing that no one person ... Read More »

The Key to Happiness is Self-Mastery

The Key to Happiness is Self-Mastery

The key to happiness is self-mastery but many of us find it hard to maintain self-control; sometimes we complain that we can’t resist temptation whether lack of willpower like eating too much or staying up late, or the temptation of something more powerful such as gambling, or cheating in our relationships. But the truth is, everyone has the ability to control themselves and to move in the direction that they want go. The “locus of control” is a theory in personal psychology that refers to the extent to which an individual believes that they can control events that affects them ... Read More »

Happiness – Finding Pleasure Within

Happiness - Finding Pleasure Within

We started this conversation discussing the relationship between happiness and personal development or individual growth. We explored the concept that the key to success is happiness and not the happiness found in material objects or even in our relationship with others, rather the source of all real happiness…our inner happiness. Pleasure as a Personal Happiness Strategy Yes, you know intuitively that finding and experiencing pleasure is part of being happy but you might not think of seeking out pleasure as a personal development strategy, but the fact is that the desire for pleasure is what drives all human behavior, this according to ... Read More »