What’s the secret to happiness?
Is it being rich? Is it having a loving family? Is it being healthy and living in an area of natural beauty?
Is it all of those things?
The answer is that it’s none of them. And that might surprise you, but even with all those things going for you, you might be miserable.
Meanwhile, someone living in the worst of conditions – with crippling hunger, illnesses, poverty and not a family member in sight – can actually be one of the happiest people in the world.
So what’s going on?
Well, it all actually comes down to the way that you perceive your situation and the way you think about the circumstances you’re in.
A billionaire can be depressed and especially if they don’t focus on what they’re grateful for. But if you learn to see the beauty in everything and if you can learn to calm your mind and shut out stress – then you can enjoy bliss wherever you are.
How do you accomplish this? Like anything, it comes from training. If you can learn to control your mind, whether through meditation, CBT or other methods, you’ll find that you can start to decide how you want to feel and how you want to react at any given time.
What’s more, having the ability to control your mindset like this can help you to achieve a lot of other things.
Overcoming stress for instance means that you can stop ‘treading water’ and you can stop ‘putting out fires’. Instead, you can get your head above water and start to decide the trajectory you want for your life and how you’re best going to use your time.
And better yet, if you can learn to control your mind, you can even start to tap into ‘flow states’. That means that you’re so completely focused on the activity you’re engaged in, that you actually manage to tune out everything else and time almost seems to slow down.