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Mindfulness skills from a well being expert
Robert Puff Ph.D.
Although a definition of happiness rooted in the pleasure principle is accepted as common knowledge, it is one worth challenging.
“When I pull a blade of grass, the whole universe shakes.”
In order to be truly, deeply, peaceful and happy, we must flow with life rather than fight it.
How can we adapt well in order to experience happiness no matter what?
What if you or I were caught in the same endless cycle as Phil in "Groundhog Day?”
Loving life now while working toward improving the future is an amazing goal to work toward.
The world around us will actually pull us away from tapping into our happiness.
The key is to stop fighting life and instead roll with it.
In general, the participants expressed higher life satisfaction and self-efficiency.
Helping others can lead us toward a brighter tomorrow.
Extended periods of stillness are a key process in our developing inner peace.
Embracing nature is one of the most powerful healing tools we have.
We have an ever-present source of happiness and wisdom inside us, all the time.
When we learn something new, we go through four stages.
We have to do specific things to improve our level of happiness.
No matter what life throws at us, over time our happiness tends to bounce back to the same point.
The set point for happiness is psychological term that describes our general level of well-being.
Enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
There is much confusion about “accepting what is.”
Goal-setting gone wrong can actually result in less happiness, which is the exact opposite of why we set them in the first place.
If bad thoughts are bad for us, and even good thoughts are bad for us, what options do we have?
Developing a non-judgment mindset requires us to shift from expectations to preferences.
In order to master our thoughts rather then being slaves to them, we must first identify the patterns and thought processes we’ve developed.
If you truly want peace and happiness, accept what is happening now, not what is supposed to be happening now.
So are you telling me to stop wanting?
Shifting from wants to preferences will lead to less suffering and more happiness.
Any time happiness is based on a condition that must be fulfilled and maintained, you will suffer.
With enough practice, you’ll be able to experience true peace of mind regardless of your thoughts.
The key ingredients to achieving happiness are twofold, yet they are really two faces of the same coin.
We can always find something beautiful in life as long as we put the effort towards seeing how important our thoughts are, watching our thoughts, and working towards changing them.
Robert Puff, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for over 20 years.