One of my favourite quotes on happiness is:+
“The very purpose of life is to seek happiness”. - His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
It has stuck with me over nine years. +
When I left drug-fuelled violence, I didn't know who I was. I was 24 years old, and I didn't know what it was to be truly and deeply happy. I felt like there had to be more to life, I couldn't continue on mildly depressed, and I no longer had the financial resources to buy myself stuff to make myself happy.+
Because I was at rock bottom, I was forced to seek happiness, or face being bitter and miserable for ever after. This why I'm grateful for my negative experiences, I was led me on a fulfilling lifelong journey of personal development.+
When I decided I wanted to become happy, I went to the local library and discovered the book, The Art of Happiness, by the Dalai Lama and Dr Howard Cutler. +
This book helped me to reframe my life. It was a first step in transforming my mindset, and it taught me so much more than happiness.+
I discovered there are always many ways of looking at things, and it pushed me to seek other perspectives.+
I moved from being someone who was naturally on the edge of depression, to someone grateful to live my life. I cultivated new practices which transformed my life in so many different ways. I found a spark, one that has been growing ever since.+
If you’ve lost yourself in the world of living zombies, don’t despair, happiness is available for everyone, it is a choice we make. And if it’s something you’re not that familiar with (I didn’t know anything about happiness once), we can learn to reprogram our minds to cultivate happiness.+
Here are five tips to help you move to your happy space:+
I’m writing about this and more in my upcoming book, Start with I. +
I’d love to hear your thoughts, what have you discovered on your journey toward happiness? +
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