Stumbling on Happiness…Easily
Increase Your Level of Happiness and Satisfaction
According to the author of Stumbling on Happiness, Dan Gilbert, how you think about your life is what will guarantee utmost happiness, as opposed to what is happening in your life. He says that regardless of your specific circumstances, your “psychological immune system” is set up to entirely allow you to experience utmost happiness. He believes that, as human beings, we are able to ‘synthesize’ happiness hence able to live longer, have better relations, and be healthier.
But some people are able to ‘synthesize happiness’ better than others in life, because they have learned to take full advantage of this human ability. ‘Synthesizing happiness’ means making an effort to find hope and possibility in life’s challenging circumstances. If you are optimistic about your circumstances, life gets prolonged, relationships become fulfilling, and you grow healthier. Paraplegics, for instance, take full advantage of this human ability to ‘synthesize happiness’.
In his book ‘Stumbling on Happiness’, Dan Gilbert points out with conclusive data to support his scientific case that, you can easily reap all the physiological and psychological benefits of happiness when you actually feel genuinely happy about your difficult circumstances. In other words, your will to be happy regardless of life situations will improve your experiences of life. Well, here is how you can easily increase your level of happiness and satisfaction in your life.
How to Increase Happiness in Your Life
Initially, you need to be a ‘fair witness’ of the negative circumstances in your life. If you are into the habit of always making your difficult situations seem worse than they are, rest assured you will never find happiness. Take a step back whenever you find yourself thinking or talking about what is happening in your life. You could be unfair on your rating of difficult situations. Before you mention how horrible your circumstances are, think about them. Analyze them very well.
You cannot increase your happiness if you do not regularly question your assumptions. Do not just take what everyone says about certain situations to be true. Think. Analyze. And conclude whether what you just heard or read about or stand to believe about your situation is true. For instance, to assume that lottery winners are happier than paraplegics is utterly untrue. Our negative assumptions about our own situations hold us captive, and we are unable to be happy.
Once you are able to question your assumptions, you are now ready to revise all your self-talk. Dan Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness, makes this pointer clear that you can talk to yourself differently about your life’s situations, once you have exhausted questioning all your assumptions. Your self-talk can either set you up for failure and unhappiness or for happiness and future success. To get infected with happiness, question your beliefs, revise your self-talk.
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