Happiness exists independent of your circumstances, contrary to normal thinking.
For those of you who are new here, I usually walk the beach with my dog Lexi in Hawai’i. But I am on the road traveling for my job, so you get to come along with me! I like to think of Beach Walks as much as an attitude as a place. A place where we explore the edges of the known world, and think differently.
Today I watched a presentation by Dan Gilbert from the TED2004 symposium. He is a Harvard researcher who has discovered that happiness exists not just regardless of our circumstances, but that actually having limits can stimulate more happiness. This is a classic struggle between the #1 personality and the #2 – who especially thinks that external circumstances determine happiness. Research proves the opposite is true. See Show 102 to learn what I mean about the #1 and the #2.
For me there is a direct relationship between consciousness and happiness. Choosing to be miserable or sad because you do not have what you want or because you think the world is a mess, may be surrendering to your monkey mind.
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