Happiness can be a way of life

Real Estate Agent with Resort and Second-Home Specialist REALTOR Broker #21673

Brian Buffini wrote a blog recently about focusing on being happy. For many that is an elusive goal. We can all remember situations where we felt happy but for most that is fleeting, "situational happiness". How do we maintain a more consistent state of happiness as we go through all the situations - both positive and negative - in our lives?

I've practiced and taught Mindfulness Meditation for decades. It is a very good tool for consciously maintaining awareness of our experience and choosing happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh has been a great teacher of this through his lectures and books (No Mud, No Lotus and Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices are good examples).    

As we reflect on the year that's ending it may be a good time to focus on what kind of life we want in the years ahead. "Happy" is probably an adjective
many of us would include on that list of wants for our future.

Money doesn't make us happy, things don't make us happy, people don't make us happy. Money or things or people may make it easier (or harder) to feel happy, but it is really our own focus and what we do with our focus that generates our state of happiness or lack of happiness.

Even in negative situations we can experience some level of happiness by focusing our mindful attention on positive thoughts and perspectives. 

That old Bobby McFerrin song may sound silly but it really is a good practice for mindfulness. 

Don't Worry, Be Happy!


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CENTURY 21 All Islands


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Comments (7)

Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Kathleen Luiten , If we can be happy with ourselves, everything else will fall into place.

Dec 23, 2015 12:22 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Kathleen , I love the post. Thanks for sharing. Have a good day.

Dec 23, 2015 08:14 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

A good indicator is if we bounce up every morning, ready for what the day brings. If you get up, dreading the day. there's something really wrong. So what do you dread? Work towards changing it. Good post so close to the New Year. Time to think about changing some of the "dreads" next year.

Dec 24, 2015 06:20 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

"Don't Worry, Be Happy!"  Love it Kathleen.  That's my motto from now on!  Have a happy Christmas and a worry free 2016.

Dec 24, 2015 08:32 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!


Ho-Ho-Ho Kathleen,

Wishing you and yours the blessings of the Holiday Season.



Dec 24, 2015 09:37 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very good reminder for all of us to make happiness a way of life.

Dec 25, 2015 09:10 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen loved your post, we were over one of our neighbor's house yesterday and this was our exact discussion. What is Happiness and clearly it is not the material things....Endre

Dec 26, 2015 02:18 AM