by Matthew Tennant, theologian and pastor
Thursday, May 1, 2014
From http://zenhabits.net "A True Path to Happiness" by Leo Babauta
A True Path to Happiness
So, if you’re able to escape materialism, how can you find true happiness? There are many ways, and each of us is different, but here are some things I suggest trying:
. Make a list of things about which you’re grateful in your life. Give thanks for them daily.
. Try eliminating negative thinking from your life, and
thinking positive instead
. Make a list of small things that give you great pleasure. Sprinkle them throughout your day. Notice other small pleasures as you go through your day.
. Practice random acts of kindness and compassion. Do it anonymously. Help those in need. Volunteer. Make someone smile.
. Make an intimate connection with your loved ones. Develop your friendships. Spend time with them, converse, understand them, make them happy.
. Exercise and eat healthy — it sounds trite, but it can bring great happiness to your life.
. It’s often useful to find meaning, either through a church or spiritual way, or through those we love in life or through the things we’re passionate about. Give yourself a purpose.
. Eliminate distractions, and really pour yourself into whatever you’re doing. If it’s writing an article, like this one, really put yourself into it, until you forget the outside world.
. Become attuned to what brings you happiness. Study yourself. Learn about what you love, and about your ability to love.
Increase your capacity for compassion
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