The sum of all things
What is "happiness" and can we ever achieve more? Does this sound greedy and self centered to want more happiness? I think not. The path in life is Sisyphean. How can one be satisfied with a never ending journey? The goal or the stopping places in life; buying a house, putting out a CD, having a family are these stopping places or goals along the endless journey. Even at the end of our life, we're not too sure it ends at our death. So here we are going about our business, running through the processes of doing things, neglecting self, arguing with partners/spouses over trivial matters, nagging and whatnot. Can we improve our day to day existence? I say yes. By not living goal oriented and be more vested in the process of life. "Stopping to smell the roses" as it were.
There is more happiness through changing the mundane and by not living by rote we can live exiting happier lives. Here are some steps that I'm starting with:
There is only Love, Be Edo, Embrace Failure, Enjoy the now, you can't change anyone and Act how you want to feel.
Despite all difficult social intra/inter personal situations my mantra is "There is only love."
Be Edo - I am that I am and continuing to be so. We all have our pitfalls and advantages, bring them all in the embrace of who I am.
Embrace Failure - Don't be afraid of failure or criticism. See them as positives in all situations
Enjoy the now- Well I'm digging typing this to you readers. What's next is going to be equally fun, whatever that is...
You can't change anyone - Damned if you don't understand this one. But equally difficult is to remember it.
Act how you want to feel - If you want to feel happier, act happier. Want to feel sexy, Act that way and you will be. I'm not saying be shallow, but be in that frame of mind and the rest follows. Try it.
It's trial and error but you get what I'm going for. The most daunting aspect of our creativity is our own self.
Suggested reading: "The Happiness Project" By Gretchen Rubin.