To Become Habitually Happy
would argue that you can’t be happy all of the time, while others will
say that you can, claiming it as there own experience. Those who say you
can’t will argue that in times of great loss, grief, disaster or
tragedy, happiness is neither an appropriate or natural state. While
this is true, and it is true that such troubling times will elicit a somber
mood even in a person whose tendency is to be happy, it does not
negate the fact that the person’s natural tendency to be happy will
soon resurface as their dominant state and cause them once again to be
in a buoyant, happy, disposition.
is a habit. In some people, it is a natural habit, in other’s it is a
learned, practiced, habit, but a habit nonetheless. The same can be said
for misery. Now in saying this, I am not saying that a person
intentionally chooses to be miserable, being miserable is a painful way
to live life. But if due to circumstances, a person has become
miserable, and they can find no way to break out of the misery they are
feeling, it can quickly become a habitual state.
is no more than the development of dedicated neural activity resulting
from repetition. The more a habit is practiced, or repeated, the deeper
it becomes planted in a person’s character. This is because the brain grows
more neurons specifically for the practiced habit, making it more
efficient, more dominant, and easier to do. The habit of happiness and
misery are no more than two sides of the same coin, or more accurately,
different aspects of the same brain. In the case of happiness, “the
left anterior portion of the brain” is the part “most associated
with joy” The Intention
Experiment, (Lynne McTaggart). The more a person engages this part of the brain, the
more developed it will become and the more happy a person will become.
Literally, in time, through developing this one part of the brain, a
person can become habitually happy.
course even knowing this, and knowing how to develop a habit of happiness,
the idea of becoming habitually happy might still look impossible if
your habit is one of misery, or discontent, or frustration, or…. The
good news is you don’t need to feel happy to begin developing the
habit and for the eventual state of happiness to arrive.
every other feeling we have, both happiness and misery begins with a
thought. But thoughts can be changed with time. Take beliefs for
example. Many people believe that they cannot change their beliefs, but
this is an error in thinking, because beliefs are also a result of
habit. The more we think about something, the more it becomes our
projected reality, the more real it seems to us. In fact, it becomes so
real that our subconscious responds to our projected ‘reality’ and
drives us to act in ways to substantiate it as true.
order to develop the habit of happiness, one must practice positive
thinking until it becomes the dominant way of thinking. This includes
eliminating judgment, prejudice, envy, jealousy, worry, and any other
toxic ways of thinking. The other thing that will rapidly accelerate
this process, increasing the brains ‘happy’ neural density, is by
making a practice of inducing slower brainwave
are awake, our thoughts tend to be hyper active, and we are commonly in
the higher Beta brainwave frequency. In this brainwave range, our
thoughts, the impetus for our feelings, are more likely to be colored in a negative way. But when we learn to slow down our
brainwaves, we relax, and our overall sense of well being increases,
giving us greater access to feelings of love, happiness, contentment,
bliss and peace.
most effective way of slowing down brainwave
frequency is by entering a
meditative state. While adopting a traditional practice of meditation is
highly recommended, it is not the only way to achieve this state.
Martial arts will achieve a similar result as will chanting, similarly
becoming engrossed in an activity, something you can be passionate
about, will achieve the desire result just as well. If none of these
appeals listening to meditative recordings or binaural beats (designed
to induce the same brainwave states as meditation) will do the trick for
you. It doesn’t matter what technique you use, just as long as you
maintain a consistent practice.
and giving the practice time is key. Like everything else, the hardest
part is overcoming the initial inertia, where it seems like nothing is
happening. This is the time that most people give up because they are
not seeing results fast enough. During this stage it is important to
remember, nothing good and worthwhile happens out of nothing, overnight.
All good things arrive with consistent effort over time. With practice
you will, in time, re-model your brain, making it a happier brain and
eventually happiness will become your natural habit.
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