Originally Posted by Bradders
Aww man, I hope you're being careful with that line of never happy lol.
I can't do that to save my life. Still trying though! I'm practically living with my parents and well, I'm still trying!
Trust me I know that it is an uphill battle. The 'art of happiness' is a good book to read about buddhist philosophy (the dalai lama is the central focus of the book) guiding to happiness. It is really a great book with no religion or such in there. Just the building blocks. I know it is very true, but it is still difficult to follow the tenants...
Some tips I have learned:
*What do you like...don't focus on what you DON'T like so much
*What do you want...not what you don't want
*What is the difference between 'happiness' and 'pleasure'-will being rich make you happy and fulfilled? If not what will.
*Do you have enough social interaction-very little is depressing
*Are you aware happiness is purely based on the MIND-even if you get everything you 'want' you can still be depressed!
*Look into your life rather than comparing yourself to the people who you want to be like-you can walk, you can see, etc...when you imagine paralyzed people and blind people you get a new perspective on your life now and its potential.
*Do you notice that you CAUSE the situations you are in? How did you cause the situation that you are in now? How can you avoid it in the future?
*Compassion for everything, since we are truly all in the same is essential. Though we have very little in common with a roach, raccoon or heroin addict-fact is, we are VERY similar to them because we all are here surviving, working towards things in our life, really do need social interaction (maybe not the roach
) We are all representations of the divine, even the roach!
These are some tips---but implementing them is hard when you have LIFETIMES of not training your mind for happiness.
My quote epitomizes my theme in life.