Even though you could be infinitely happy by just enjoying nature, family and all of your worldly surroundings, there are still millions of people who are and remain, unhappy. In the developed world there are fortunate circumstance of having both natural creations and man made things, yet still the majority of people in that world are not on the level of happiness they should be.
In contrast though, people in the developing countries, where for millions there is a real scarcity of even basic needs, like clean water and food, people seem to be a lot happier in general. In numerous tests done over the last 30 years or so, children from the poorer countries who don’t have the big screen tv’s or modern technology, always come out on top in the life satisfaction stakes.
They live simple lives just playing with whatever they can get their hands on and always seem to be oblivious to what those same aged children living in the rich Western countries, have as possessions. There are countless photographs and videos showing children from poorer nations like Venezuela, Cuba, parts of Africa and Asia kicking a ball round a dusty street or playing catch with their friends using bits of wood or cloth made into a ball or cricket bat.
There are also many people engaged in warfare and even living their lives in prisons, yet, i repeat, are still trying their best to be happy!
Why is this? Why are people, children in particular, so much more unhappy when they have everything they could ever need compared to those who have nothing yet always seem to be smiling?
It’s a proven fact through centuries of studies, that the mind dictates every one of our emotions, including happiness and by thinking in a more positive way, no matter what roadblocks you face in life, you give yourself the best opportunity to live a happier, more fulfilled existence.
Milton in Paradise Lost says,
‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell and a Hell of Heaven.’
Let me give you a few examples of how the mind can influence our body:
• Pavlov’s dog salivates at the sound of a bell without any food in sight. (More on this study soon)
• If we are tense we often get a headache, backache etc.
• Heart attacks are directly linked to stress, worry and tension.
• Right mental attitude helps in curing many body ailments.
• Through meditation we can have a healthy body and extra sensory abilities.
The mind, whether human or animal, has extra-ordinary powers and as far as happiness is concerned it has the ultimate power. We should therefore have a positive attitude towards life as much as humanly possible instead of concentrating on the bad things and spending to much time with negative people. We should not keep on thinking about past failures and bad experiences but be encouraged by our past success and good experiences.
Similarly, we should not be unduly anxious about the future even though the media does it’s best to keep you down to a certain level of fear, anxiety and worry with it’s constant news propaganda of negative headlines and stories.
Any stress or anxiety we have is NEVER going to have a positive effect on our lives, so instead we should plan and work hard for the future with as many positive emotions as we can muster.
In whatever circumstances you are in, you can never have a total lack of happiness. You cannot completely take away nature or all that good humanity has to offer from somebody because even if everything is taken away from us, most of us have family or friends we can rely on.
Even if you chain somebody securely in a dungeon, their mind is free. You are free to be happy in your own mind! The mind therefore is difficult to be mastered by oneself but is impossible to be vanquished by anybody, any authority or whatever conditions or situations arise unless you let it.
Abraham Lincoln expressed it perfectly: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
In the words of the song, DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!
Till next time…