What Kinds of Choices and Values Lead to Real Happiness?
- Meditation, which opens up deeper levels of the mind.
- Actions that benefit others.
- Social relationships that support intimacy and bonding.
- Inspiration through reading the world's scriptures and poetry.
- Taking enjoyment in natural beauty.
- Having a vision of personal fulfillment that you follow every day.
- Aiming for inner fulfillment rather than external fulfillment.
- Reducing stress.
- Taking time for peaceful reflection.
- Learning to love your own company, cultivating the self as a state of being.
- Eschewing violence and anger in all its forms, gross and subtle.
- Resolving conflicts, both inner and outer, rather than letting them build up.
- Paying one's debt to the past, which means healing old hurts and grievances.
- Stepping away from group think and second-hand opinions.
- Giving up a belief in enemies and us-versus-them thinking.
- Cultivating kindness and compassion.
- Being generous of spirit, learning to give.
- Seeing yourself as part of a larger humanity, and humanity itself as an expression of the divine, despite our flaws.
I'm encouraged that psychology has turned to the positive aspects of the self. But the current findings barely point in the right direction, which is a shame, because the storehouse of the world's wisdom remains locked. Until we unlock it, the state of unhappiness may not grow worse—none of us can predict that one way or another—yet for certain a new kind of happiness will not emerge.
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than 50 books on health, success, relationships and spirituality, including his current best-seller, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, and The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, which are available now. You can listen to his show on Saturdays every week on SiriusXM Channels 102 and 155.
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