Are you happy? What if you were just happier? With what the planet and all of us personally have been going through these past 16 months or so, can we be happy? Happiness is not an either/or situation, rather a continuum. We may not be happy, but we can be happier. We can focus on doing what makes things better, what improves our well being.
Let’s look at the happiness paradox. Studies have shown that happiness is good for us. However, those who value and pursue happiness, may actually find themselves worse off. It becomes a matter of pursuing happiness indirectly through it’s elements. For example, we know that looking right at the sun can be harmful. Yet, if we use a prism and see the sun rays refracted into it’s beautiful colors, we can enjoy the sun through those elements. And so it can be with happiness. What are the elements of happiness that can improve our well being and make us happier. That, of course, is for each of us to decide for ourselves. What might make me happier may not be on your top 10 list. We can assess what will improve our mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual well being and do those things that will make us happier.
One last optimistic point. As we come out of the pandemic we can experience resilience 2.0. Resilience is often defined as the ability to bounce back after adversity. In the current condition we have the opportunity to bounce back even stronger gaining adaptability, hardiness, hope and purpose.
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