I have experienced so much happiness in the past several months that I can’t help but to share my thoughts ! So, what’s this really about? What does it mean to be truly happy ? Happiness can be defined as a “feeling that comes over you, and you can’t help but smile” . Many of my fellow members of the Master Key Experience class agree that they are much happier . True happiness is about loving yourself and is not dependent on materialistic things or the presence of others. Throughout history many philosophers had their own theories . Aristotle felt that it was spiritually based and centered on good moral character. Epicurus proposed that balance and temperance created space for happiness. He claimed :”He who is not satisfied with a little , is satisfied with nothing”. Nietzsche’s description claimed that happiness was a fleeting condition and an “ideal state of laziness”, not having any worries. Jose Ortega, a Spanish philosopher felt that each person defines their own reality as to what can make them happy. There is a convergence of “what we want to be” and “what we truly are”. And finally , Slavoj Zizek indicated that being truly happy is a matter of opinion, and not of truth . His negative approach is similar to how we act when we say ” I will be happy when I achieve this level of money ” or when I take an expensive vacation . But in reality they never get to experience “true happiness”.
Presently I am experiencing the wisdom of Shawn Anchor , an author of the book “the Gratitude Advantage “. He had an informative TED talk about achieving happiness . Some of the advantages that I have enjoyed are improved productivity , focus , and learning at a faster pace . His formula for happiness includes the following : A) Writing down 3 things you are grateful for daily B) Meditation and or focus about one thing for 15 minutes C) Exercise and moving your body D) Writing a few sentences about a positive experience in the past 24 hours E) Random acts of Kindness
These things have been incorporated into my daily life and I am truly a much happier person . I have been more present , more kind, more grateful and seek goodness in others . It is a habit that I have developed and plan to continue for the rest of my life! I know that from speaking to many members of the Master Key group and reading their blogs , that it has been a life changing experience for them too .
I think its fitting to close with a very moving song about happiness by Pharrell Williams because it makes me want to dance and sing about being “happy” every time
I have included some of the blogs from other members of the Master Key below so please read at your leisure .