Happiness is a choice. Really? Yes! Gyalwa Dokhampa, author of The Restful Mind (Hodder UK), explains that we can’t control what happens to us; however we can control how we react to the situation.
Basically, just because you’re stuck in dreadful traffic for an hour or more, doesn’t mean your day can’t be filled with happiness. By following Gyalwa’s steps, you’ll see your happy-meter rise!
Focus on the positive
“Seeing the good in life, or being able to see things differently, can make you a more easy-going person, and less quick to criticise both others and yourself,” says Gyalwa Dokhampa.
Help where you can
Money, success, and even people can leave you, but the feeling of self-fulfilment you get from helping others can never be taken away. “To love others is to love yourself, and to make a difference in others’ lives is to have meaning in your own.”
Laughter is the best medicine
According to Gyalwa Dokhampa, it’s good to see the funny side of life. After all, we’re just human beings trying to do our best.
Stop talking, and listen
When you’re talking to someone, make the effort to really hear what they are saying, and show real interest. You don’t always have to offer solutions, as sometimes it’s actually best not to.
Try not to multitask
In this day and age, this is easier said than done, but if you prioritise your tasks so that you can actually do the important things well, who knows, you may actually get more done.
Reflect on each day
Gyalwa Dokhampa recommends taking a few minutes each day to think, meditate, and take stock of your day, and life in general.
As the saying goes, don’t worry about tomorrow, as tomorrow has enough worries of its own. If a situation arises, deal with it and then move on from it and… don’t think about it again. Be present in each moment
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