Meet The Happiest Man In The World. 6

definition of happiness,a state of being

Happiness is not a destination more a mode of traveling.

What’s your definition of happiness?
Do you measure it in terms of an experience from the past or something you’ll obtain in the future or do you believe like many it comes from living in the moment?
Happiness is a quality that determines everything in our life. We’re all motivated to avoid pain and suffering but sometimes, without realising it, we end up running towards it.
Pleasure is a temporary fix contingent upon time, a place perhaps, an object and it traps us because no sooner have we enjoyed the experience it’s over and we  yearn to recreate it.
Too much of anything is a big thing, creating addictions as we try to satisfy that desire for pleasure.
The Buddhists define happiness as a state of being not just a pleasurable sensation that you go after but a deep sense of serenity and fulfillment. Matthieu Ricard educates us that certain states of mind can cultivate happiness and well-being and that we do not need to rely on external factors.
Re-programming our minds enables us to experience the positive emotions that enhance our state irrespective of what’s going on in the world.
And better still it costs nothing-here is what he has to say and if you enjoy this then please share and drop me a comment on your thoughts.

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6 thoughts on “Meet The Happiest Man In The World.

  • John Daniels

    Happiness is a 6 pack of Coors light, hot girl and my dog tater, j/k, lol. Really liked the video, it has some good points. “re-programming our minds enables us to experience the positive emotions that enhance our state irrespective of what’s going on in the world.”

    Here is the happiness equation: H=A+LE+SD
    “Happiness = Appreciation + Low Expectations + Self-Discipline”

    Oh and He hit the nail on the head, talking about addiction:

    “They do not leave us in such a good state after we experience it”

  • Kath Roberts Post author

    Thanks John, you’re right about addictions, always a sign that we’re searching for something that’s missing in our lives and time spent reflecting on this is time well spent. I’m not in total agreement that we need to have low expectations though I think we can have what we want in life but the trick is to start to believe we can, start to expect it to happen but detach from the outcome because we have faith we’ll get the end result we’re looking for and that’s the tricky aspect.

  • John Daniels

    Hi Kath, thanks for the reply. You are right, low expectations probably should be changed to something else. Maybe realistic expectations. For example, if you go out on a blind date and like a teenager you are expecting this person to be the love of your life you are most likely going to be let down and in return unhappy. So if the person had realistic, low or no expectations they would not have been let down or unhappy. Maybe expectations is the wrong word to use all together.

    I just do not yet understand the buddhist teachings. Some of it makes sense like enjoy washing the dishes as much as you enjoy drinking your evening coffee after you wash the dishes, don’t rush through. And being in the moment and not be thinking about other stuff whole you are with your love ones. But detaching from your emotions I do not understand, that is the difference from a machine and a human is our emotions.

    This is a great site!

    Take care.

  • Kath Roberts Post author

    That’s right its not easy and I agree we’re human with emotions and we feel but I think the key is to get even more conscious of what we feel, why we feel it and begin to focus our desires , take action then believe we’ll get the result we’re looking for. The problem is we start to see stuff happening and then we get in our heads and start to analyse everything, second guessing, not listening to our intuition then wonder why we don’t always get what we want. In fact, we get what we’ve been thinking about.

  • John Daniels

    Thank you for the replies! Looking forward to reading more of your website. Below are a few of my favorites quotes, I am sure you have read the same or similar.

    1) Success Is measured In The Journey, Not The Destination
    2) Choose to be Happy………………Right Now!
    3) “Without the tools of science, the machinery of life would be invisible.” -Carl Sagan
    4) “Happiness = Appreciation + Realistic Expectations + Self-Discipline”
    -John Daniels
    “Never depend on anyone else to make you happy”
    -Nicole Foss
    Everything is Relative
    -John Daniels
    Don’t let random chance control your destiny, go out and get what you want!
    -John Daniels
    We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig