“Mind is the means to happiness.”
~ the Upanishads, a collection of wisdom by the ancient mystics of India.
In a Q&A video with Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, someone asked, “What can I do to help others?” He answered, “Be a happy person.”
Our happiness helps others, just like our peace helps others.
That answer may sound too simplistic, but it is actually quite complex and profound, because, for most humans, it is not easy to be happy.
Being happy is a choice and a commitment and a practice. We choose happiness, and then we have to keep making choices that create and maintain that happiness. It’s an ongoing, moment by moment process, with plenty of pitfalls into un-happy zones.
Being happy has been challenging throughout human existence, but perhaps it is more difficult now than ever before.
Knowing that my happiness helps others inspires me to keep happy-ing up, again and again. Over the years I have learned many tools for happy-ing up, which I recently compiled in a book: Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life. In the Practices section I explain the term “Happy-ing-Up” as follows:
“Happy-ing Up is not the same as putting on a fake smiley face. When you do practices to Happy Up, you actually shift your state UP to a feeling of happiness. So it is not an act of “fake it till you make it,” but rather, it is an act of elevating yourself to a higher vibration in which you truly do feel happy. Sometimes that happy state only lasts for a few minutes, and that is okay. Simply keep practicing and happy-ing yourself up again and again.”
And, beyond helping others, being happy helps boost your body’s immune system, which is an especially good thing during a virus pandemic!
I hope this post is helpful to you or to someone you love.
May the happiness centers activate in the human minds!
May all beings be free of suffering.
May all beings be happy.
With happy vibes,
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