Monthly Archives: April 2016

Happy = busy with what you love

Many people associate happiness with a state of “doing nothing”, however the truth is that the most authentic moments of happiness take place when we are busy, working hard, deeply emerged in something that we find interesting, fully focused and committed.

This state of consciousness is often referred to as ‘flow’. I think we all remember those moments of creativity and passion. I would strongly recommend a book titled “Flow” (available here) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who created the psychological concept of flow.

An experiment for you: next time you realize you have just been in a state of flow – try to make a mental snapshot of how you feel, your emotions, level of happiness and inner peace.

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The ultimate truth about happiness

For centuries – philosophers, spiritual leaders, psychologists, writers, poets and ordinary people tried to answer the question ‘How to achieve happiness?’

There is a shockingly simple answer, attributed to Leo Tolstoy, presented below:

If you want to be happy, be.
Leo Tolstoy / Kozma Prutkov

It might seem trivial or oversimplified, but try to ponder on it for a while. You might quickly realize that it is the most honest and pragmatic pieces of advice one can get to break the vicious circle of waiting for happiness to come from the outside, instead of triggering and discovering it within ourselves.