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by Tim McLaughlin

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes. --Buddha

 

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candyI’ve written before about the power of focusing your mind and how it can help you change your mood.  That same power of focus can also help you in situations where you find your willpower tested.  According to The Power Of Delaying Gratification on the Happiness in this World site, if you find yourself tempted by some pleasure that you’re not yet willing to indulge, putting your focus on some other tempting treat that you can’t have right now is actually stronger than relying on your willpower.

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In the National Geographic book Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zone Way, Dan Buettner discusses four places around the globe that have been ranked the happiest places in the world.  Mexico, Denmark, Singapore, and San Luis Obispo, California are said to be among the world’s happiest places.

Check out The World’s Happiest Places: From San Luis Obispo to Singapore on the Travelers Today site.

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“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”  ~  His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

When tragedies like the theater shooting on July 20, 2012, in Aurora, Colorado happen, it can be difficult for some people to keep their happiness power.  There is the overwhelming sense of sadness to realize that people have lost their lives in a senseless act.  We ask ourselves why something like this could happen.  How can one person be so insensitive to take the lives of others?

There are no good answers to questions like these.  So dwelling on these questions only increases the sense of sadness and loss you may be feeling.  Realize that even the experts don’t understand these events and are often divided on possible causes.

Certainly for those who are directly affected by a tragedy such as this, or the Columbine shootings, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and the like, it is much more difficult to be happy during and immediately after these events.  But even people who have gone through great suffering are often able to eventually enjoy life and be happy again.

None of us get through life without some type of tragedy.  We may not be directly affected by an event like the theater shooting or a natural disaster, but we may know someone who has been affected.  All of us at some point will lose a loved one which is most definitely a personal tragedy.

Remember, being sad is okay.  It’s an emotion we all need to feel.  No one can be happy all the time.  In fact, if we were always happy, the happiness would eventually lose it’s impact.  Even if you’re sad try to find those little things that will help you feel happy again.  Eventually the sadness starts to fade and the happiness returns.

To me, the most important part of the quotation from the Dalai Lama above is this:  “if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” 

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by Tim McLaughlin

During my teenage years I read a lot of science fiction.  Writers like Issac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury.

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

Bradbury died earlier this summer, June 5, at the age of 91 after a long illness.  During his 91 years though he wrote some great novels, short stories, and essays.  Among those was a story called “The Happiness Machine” which was contained in his 1957 novel “Dandelion Wine.”

A couple of years ago, the Saturday Evening Post reprinted the original version of “The Happiness Machine” which you can still read online or download as a PDF file.

“The Happiness Machine” by Ray Bradbury

And of course like all good stories, there is something to be learned about happiness in this classic from Ray Bradbury.

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by Tim McLaughlin

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Here’s an interesting post from The Life Change Network: Choosing vs. Following: The True Path to Happiness & Success

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by Tim McLaughlin

Give Someone A Hug Today

Researcher Paul Zak says that a minimum of eight hugs a day can help you feel better.  According to Zak, the hugs increase the level of oxytocin in your body and that makes you feel good.  He says oxytocin is the “moral molecule” and says it’s the “social glue that keeps society together.”

Finding the ‘moral molecule’

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Mark Hyman, M.D. is a four-time New York Times best-selling author, is a practicing physician, and founder of The UltraWellness Center.  In his article Why Doing Nothing Is The Key To Happiness, he explains how calming the mind and doing nothing can help us better notice the world around us and become more awake and happy.

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