If you are familiar with my blog and more specifically my Motivational Monday series, then you might have noticed that I’m somewhat of a happiness activist. I like to promote happiness by sharing tips on how you may be able to increase your contentment, though I’m also realistic and know that people are not going to be 100% happy all of the time, no matter how much of a glass-half-full optimist you are!
I wanted to share this infographic that I found over on Lifehack a little while ago, which presents The Science of Happiness and shows us the part of the brain, the Hippocampus, that is responsible for our happiness, proving that it is a simple state of mind, which can be nurtured to improve our moods.
The power of your mind is greater than you can even imagine, by harnessing your thoughts, projecting positivity and altering your mindset, you may be able to achieve a greater sense of happiness.
There’s also actionable steps for improving happiness from this point, right now — including exercising more, sleeping more and helping others, which I’ve previously covered in my How to be Happy and Healthy in 2015 and Pleased to Meet You posts.
As a final thought on the key to living a happier life, I wanted to share this fable…
An aging master grew tired of his apprentices complaints, so one morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt into a glass of water and then drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked.
“Bitter,” said the apprentice.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake.
The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”
As the water dripped down the young mans chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.
“No,” said the young man.
The master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly, “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”
Change your perspective; unlock happiness.