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!