Happiness depends upon ourselves

The following enlightening article “Contemplating Happiness by Dr. Werner Spangehl, MD” shows that “happiness depends upon ourselves” as described by Aristotle, which also shows the health benefits of happiness.

One of the most common attributes of happy people is a shared attitude of gratitude. Like athletes, who train hard and then leave it all in the track or the field, if we practice a spirit of optimism and sufficiency and truly see the glass as half full, it allows us to live a life of happiness and contentment – leaving little room for regret.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, research has shown that the root of unhappiness – fear – lies in the oldest, reptilian part of our brains, and negative reactions are often dictated by primal instincts. We’re literally “hardwired for hard times.” In What Happy People Know, Dr. Dan Baker uses evidence from the new science of happiness to show us, how we can overcome this genetic disposition toward negative reactions and lead a truly rich, happy, and healthy life.

The “home of happiness” in the brain is our limbic system – or emotional brain. This is what determines feelings, motivation, drive, and affects our immune system. Studies have shown that how you feel is how you heal. The limbic system is a little bit like a young child who listens to everything going on – and then acts accordingly. So how we speak to others and to ourselves affects our limbic system – and therefore our emotions and our health. This is why positive self-talk and behaviours are so important.

Are there actual specific health benefits of happiness?

Absolutely! We know people who are content in their work and relationships – especially those who are happy in marriage – also live live longer, have lower blood pressure, sleep better, have more energy, heal faster, take fewer medications and have less stress-related and chronic illnesses than those who are not.

It is empowering to learn that we can be architects of our own happiness and health – or our misery. It is tremendously important to nurture ourselves, foster meaningful relationships, seek the good in others and in situations, live lives of purpose and meaning, share our blessings, and remain hopeful and optimistic. This positive attitude will not only improve our own lives, but that of people around us. Happiness is socially contagious! A smile begets a smile, a kind deed is paid forward – and slowly, the world becomes a better place for all of us.

Source: Contemplating Happiness by Dr. Werner Spangehl, MD, Vista, Jan/Feb 2016.
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Unity of Three Hearts

The human soul fundamentally yearns to be happy. Moreover, it is apparent that attributes of health and happiness are very similar; both imply wholeness and balance.

Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, reflected on happiness over 2300 years ago. Aristotle described four levels of happiness: instant gratification, gratification through achievement, gratification through the contribution to others, and transcendent gratification. It is in this highest level of happiness that we live more consistently from a place of purpose and truth, using our signature strengths to serve others, and working in various creative ways for the good of the world.

Research shows that only 10% of our happiness is determined by circumstances. 40% is determined by our internal state of mind, and 50% is related to our genetics. So we have the opportunity to improve our happiness based on choices we make, thought patterns, and behaviours. We can also choose to be happy and healthy by being in the Qi flow via the practice of meditation and Qigong to quiet the reptilian part of the brain achieving the third and fourth levels of happiness – gratification through the contribution to others and transcendent gratification, respectively. How you feel is how you heal.

– Excerpts from Introduction to the Siddha Path, page 5, Oneness with Shiva

“It is empowering to learn that we can be architects of our own happiness and health – or our misery. It is tremendously important to nurture ourselves, foster meaningful relationships, seek the good in others and in situations, live lives of purpose and meaning, share our blessings, and remain hopeful and optimistic. This positive attitude will not only improve our own lives, but that of people around us. Happiness is socially contagious! A smile begets a smile, a kind deed is paid forward – and slowly, the world becomes a better place for all of us.”
– Dr. Werner Spangehl, MD, author of One Minute Medicine

– Excerpts from Nectar of the Inner Self, page 29, Oneness with Shiva

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