07 Jun Hack your mind, 10 times…for happiness and success in life!
by Andrian Iliopolous from Life Hack
I always used to think of happiness as result – a lifetime pursuit that drives most of our actions and behaviors. It is what we try to accomplish and probably the only reason we stay alive.
Did you notice what I just did? Within two sentences I managed to decipher the secret and true meaning behind the word happiness: its dual nature. Happiness is both a result and a driver.
Here’s an example. Usually I am trying to find ways to be more productive that will result in me being happier. What I don’t see though, is that the best way to improve my productivity is by being happier.
Easier said than done, though.
So, in order to clarify things for you and make the whole idea behind happiness a bit more tangible, I decided to present to you the 10 most effective mind hacks I use to maintain a great emotional state at any time:
1. Be present in the moment
Being present in the moment is a term introduced by the brilliant Eckhart Tolle in his best seller, “The Power of Now.” I am pretty sure most of you have read it or heard about it. Only a few people I know of, though, have actually managed to make its meaning part of their lives.
What Eckhart Tolle is talking about is one of the most groundbreaking realizations a human can have in their life.
You know how we define and live our lives according to what happened in the past and what is about to happen in the future? What Tolle says is: What if I told you that if you could get rid of these thoughts and focus all your attention on what is happening NOW, right NOW, at this very single moment, you could be happier than ever?
“The Power of Now” is a manifestation of how to be present and how to be able to shift your focus on things that actually matter.
2. Disengage yourself from ‘earthly problems’
“My flatmate didn’t do the dishes last night and I need to do them again.”
“My boss gave me a boring task again, I hate him.”
“I have no friends, all the people I hang out with are stupid.”
You get the general idea. These are everyday thoughts that drain your positivity. They are emotional-state leeches and huge distractions to your happiness. I like to call them ‘earthly problems’ because only people who haven’t embraced a higher level of thinking pay so much attention to them.
Earthly problems are an integral part of our everyday lives. They are activated by our environment and they are amplified every time we pay deep attention to them.
Here’s a useful piece of advice: Stop giving them so much value!
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