I just got around to reading a response to the recent post on happiness and the Naikan Challenge. Pearl from Interesting Observations has written a post entitled How To Be Happy and it has some great insights on happiness and all of the struggles we as individuals and as a society go through to try to capture this elusive feeling.
She includes some great links to statistics from a Time Magazine survey that you may find interesting. Her conclusion is that it’s all about the mindset and I tend to agree. It’s our perspectives on life that dictate how we react and how we feel about our situation. That’s the tough part, though. It’s much easier to learn a physical task, like swinging a golf club or hemming a dress, than it is to learn to control the mind.
She also talks about the fact that most people worry about a lot of things that are completely out of their control. What’s happened in the past or what might happen in the future, as well as what other people are doing or thinking, these things aren’t things we can do much if anything about. This is the most difficult part of getting a handle on our perspectives. I struggle with this myself every day.
Peter at Necessary Skills has also written a post that is directly related to our ongoing happiness discussion: Deliberate Creativity. He asks if perhaps we’re making the same mistake over and over again by trying to solve our unhappiness problem:
If we always start with the same idea then we shouldn’t be surprised when we always reach the same answer. To get different and better answers we need to change the idea we start with. All problems and ideas can be approached creatively by changing the initial idea we start with and then letting our logical solving routines go to work.
Be sure to check out both of these articles. They have some great ideas that may help us all to be a little happier.