To live a contented and happy life, is something we all wish for. Yet for many, this state of being remains elusive. As difficult to hold on to, as capturing the mythical ‘Blue bird of happiness’. So why is it, that for so many people, no matter how hard they try, lasting happiness always seems so difficult to maintain?
It is said that true happiness must always come from within. And that the reason why so many people find it difficult to stay happy, is because their happiness is dependent on their circumstances, the people they interact with and their life experiences.
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There have been several articles in the news, recently, that talk about the significant increase in then number of people who have acute stress or anxiety. Apparently, doctors are turning towards other methods of treatment to avoid people becoming addicted to medication.
Stress is a lifestyle affliction. A small amount of stress is good for us, as it keeps us motivated but too much can cause serious health problems, if left untreated. One of the main causes of stress is a tendency to take on too much.
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It is easy to become overwhelmed by negativity these days. Natural disasters, global wars and a sinking economy not only envelop the news around the world, but also have a direct effect on our daily lives.
Family, friends, jobs, and home life are seriously afflicted with the bombardment of depressing, frustrating happenings every day. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap of actually attracting more negativity.
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So I am about to tell you the secret key to happiness, but you have to promise not to tweet this and tell everyone!
As human beings we have a tendency to always look at what we don’t have rather than what we do have. This trait has helped us evolve as a species meaning we are always striving for more but it also leads us to never being satisfied. In today’s day and age we are being bombarded with unrealistic lifestyle images from the media making us think that we are under privileged if we are not rich and famous and living a Posh and Becks lifestyle.
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The heart is synonymous with everything to do with love, as soon as you think of a heart shape, your first thoughts are about love. When your heart starts pounding while you are in the company of someone you are attracted to, your mind more than likely will be filled with thoughts of love. That powerful four letter word has a habit of taking control of your whole being not just your heart. Love has the power to make some walk through fire to find happiness, yet the downside can keep another person in bed all day, too depressed to wake to their aching heart.
Love can bring as much misery as it does happiness, it truly is a two sided coin. Heads you win, tails you fail. It does seem a lottery for many who flip their coin hoping to find happiness, yet sadly many do not see the face of their beloved or soulmate showing up, on the first few flips of the coin.
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Hollywood has produced several films about people going on a quest to find themselves. ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ is just one example. What most of these films have in common is the idea that you have to go to a country half way around the world for you to do it!
Travel is a great way to reconnect with your true self because it allows you to relax and become immersed in a new culture. The idea is that, because you are away from your usual surroundings and daily routines, you are more likely to find the real you that is separate from your daily life. Sometimes your true self will change when you travel. They say that travel broadens the mind and meeting people from other cultures can sometimes lead to changes in beliefs or behaviour. You may become more altruistic if you visit areas of extreme poverty, for example.
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