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Common Myths about Happiness


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  • I love this article. I was just having this conversation with my husband yesterday. He keeps saying things to me about changing OUR lives, finding OUR happiness - and I keep trying to explain to him that I'm happy with my life, I'm doing what I choose to do and it works for me. Wishing for things I don't have, and probably can't have at this place in my life, just makes me unhappy; so why do it!
  • "Happiness is an inside job!" ~ William Arthur Ward
  • All so true! Thank you so much!
  • I need to work on this.
  • Great article and those are the things i practice these days and I feel wonderful. I just decided to be happy and I am.
  • I stumbled upon this article in what just might be the nick of time. I really needed these words today. I'm going to really try to put a positive spin on things, and write down the small joys each day. Thank you for this!
  • I am grateful for this article. I am one of those people who has a hard time staying in the present moment. I feel that too often I am either dreading what's coming in the future or looking back at the past and regretting choices I made or paths I took. I do keep bringing myself back to the present with the Serenity Prayer, but a mental shift from a negative outlook to a positive one takes daily practice. For me, it's just as important to write in my Gratitude Journal as it is to get in my daily walk! Thanks again!
  • Wow--some of these comments are so salty! I answered "I could be happy if..." with ", I already am!" and realized just how powerful that is. Sure, sad things happen to people and sadness will come and go, but happiness is truly a here-and-now thing and we have a great deal of control over our own well-being. Sadness is not the opposite of happiness, depression is (not clinical, but situational). As a nurse and a converted humanist/atheist with Buddhist leanings, it surprises me to see how many people just can't be happy wherever they are. I find happiness in my family, in helping the homeless, in driving to work, in morning coffee. It's there. Pay attention to it!
  • SAVVY28
    This is a great article. I never even thought about the stress my goals add to my life and thereby the happiness they're taking away. Not that goals are bad, but I tend to get so consumed by them that I'm abusively critical of myself every time I realize I haven't met my goals yet. :) Excellent post.
  • I try to seek joy in the moments of each day, changing the introductory sentence to "I feel my (blank) WHEN:"

    Then I finish the phrase with things that make me feel positive emotions. For example:

    I feel my strongest when I finish a really tough workout.
    I feel most loved when I cuddle with my husband before bed.
    I feel most energized when I eat healthy food.
    I feel most at peace when I get to enjoy nature.
  • It is good to be reminded of this often. Thanks.
  • MUSTANG5513
    It's a myth that there is such a thing as happiness.
  • I loved this article. My long time favorite quote - that comes to my rescue in challening time is "Most people are as happy as they decide to be." by Abe Lincoln. It says it all and reminds you that no matter what is happening around you - you can choose to e happy.
  • I like this a lot!!! I find that focusing on what I'm doing right does help me as far as weight loss and fitness go.

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