There’s a formula for happiness, but will it make our world a better place? | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

How content we feel depends on whether reality meets our expectations. If that gap is too wide, anxieties and resentment creep in

It’s not about whether you see the glass as half full or half empty, Gawdat argued: it’s about what you expected and how you respond. If a person who expects their glass always to be filled to the brim is handed a half-full one, disappointment will only be compounded by rage at the injustice of it all. This person can’t see the water they do have because of their fixation on the extra water they feel should by rights be there. But accept that life brings with it change and loss, and that not everything is within your control, and it should be possible to find something else to be grateful for instead.

Source: There’s a formula for happiness, but will it make our world a better place? | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian

Our Power Lies In How We Choose to Respond to Our Pain – Tiny Buddha

Maybe it’s true, that the strongest hearts have the most scars.

And maybe the pain and the discomfort we experience in life can serve as a great teacher, if we choose to see it that way.

Everyone has bumps, bruises, and pains in life, right?

Things happen that are outside our control, and it’s up to each one of us to decide how these experiences shape us.

There are those who endure incredible trauma and pain and choose to use those experiences to see life differently. They learn from it, grow, and move on.

And there are also those that go through horrible pain and don’t have strong hearts. They have broken hearts that just stay broken.

What’s the key difference between those who are able to find meaning from their hardships and move on and those who don’t?

Source: Our Power Lies In How We Choose to Respond to Our Pain – Tiny Buddha

How To Find Your Passion And Struggles You Might Encounter

If you are not sure how to find your passion and whether what you are doing is leading to fulfilling your dreams, here is a technique that can help.

It seems that all we are hearing these days is Follow your passion; Just live your dreams; It’s never too late; or something along those lines.

Yet, no one seems to bother with telling us how to behave if we still haven’t discovered our passion, or it is laying buried beneath our parents or society’s expectations of us. There’s no doubt that once you decide to follow your true passion and know what you want, you will become unstoppable in achieving great things.

However, the struggle most of us face is not knowing what that thing is for us, and we too often end up switching from career to career only to become exhausted and hopeless and feeling stuck in someone else’s dream.

From early on in our lives, we weren’t programmed to make any decisions that are contradicting those of our families, teachers or peers. We are so used to following certain set of rules and programs, that we rarely stop to think how we truly feel about these.

And, sadly, before you know it, we are at work, doing something we are not sure how we feel about, or, even worse, we realize that it is something we don’t enjoy doing at all.

Source: How To Find Your Passion And Struggles You Might Encounter

A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health – NYTimes.com

“Look on the sunny side of life.”

“Turn your face toward the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.”

“Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.”

“See the glass as half-full, not half-empty.”

 Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people sometimes called “cockeyed optimists,” can do far more than raise one’s spirits. They may actually improve health and extend life.

Actively cultivating positive emotions may boost the immune system and counter depression.

Source: A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Health – NYTimes.com

4 Simple But Powerful Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety – Hack Spirit

Humans are sensitive creatures. We crave acceptance, affection and most of all, love. We all thrive on these things and seek comfort in them.

But when our world is clouded by stress, negativity, and pain it’s hard to see the good in the world and in those people around us. We may find it difficult to not only find the love and affection we crave, but to accept it as well. Eventually all that stress can build up and not only cause us mental anguish, but physical harm as well.

Here are 4 mindful ways to get rid of the stress in your life and be happy:

1) Don’t Take Rude Comments to Heart.
2) Fill Your Life With Positivity.
3) Learn to Love Yourself.
4) Let Go of the Past.

Read more at: 4 Simple But Powerful Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety – Hack Spirit

Why It’s Time for Humans to Slow Down | Heleo

Compassion and altruism are the keys to creating a better future and understanding what it means to be alive during humanity’s greatest crisis.

“If there’s a rhinoceros coming at a group of people full speed, everybody gets up and runs. If you say, ‘There’s a rhinoceros coming in 30 years,’ people will ask, ‘What’s the problem?’”

Source: Why It’s Time for Humans to Slow Down | Heleo

Neuroscientists Suggest These 4 Easy Ways To Create Genuine Happiness In Your Life – Ideapod blog

All of us have experienced times when a dark cloud just seems to be following us around. No matter what you do, it just seems that you can’t seem to shake off that feeling of negativity.

While we don’t want to minimize the value of medication for those who experience this on a daily basis, UCLA neuroscientist Alex Korb, author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, has some handy insights from neuroscience that may help us feel genuinely positive and happy.

Source: Neuroscientists Suggest These 4 Easy Ways To Create Genuine Happiness In Your Life – Ideapod blog