I love travel.
I love seeing new things.
I love experiencing whatever the world has to show me.
I love meeting old friends.
I love making new ones.
I love being happy for no reason.
I love finding beauty in every moment.
I love life.
I love love.
I love you.
If you’re going through hard times, I cannot stress enough the value of minimalism.
Studies have shown that people tend to return to a baseline level of happiness regardless of circumstances. Whether you suddenly win the lottery or suddenly become parapalegic, within a year most people feel just as happy or sad as they did before.
What this means is that external events don’t determine your happiness. How you deal with them, on the other hand, does. Maintaining perspective and a sense of control over your life is the truest way to feel permenantly, consistantly happier in your day-to-day existance.
There are lots of ways to cultivate a feeling of control in your life, but the easiest is by eliminating distractions:
It’s amazing how immediately these things effect your mood. As soon as you begin minimizing the clutter in your life, you feel lighter, more relaxed, and generally happier. Regardless of circumstances, you have a greater sense of control, thus you feel more capable of handing whatever comes your way.
Perspective is the next goal. This is hard, we’re all terrible at it. It requires focus and effort and no shortage of higher-thinking ability. This isn’t urgent. Rather, it’s something to constantly strive towards. Shed your ego and try to see yourself for who you really are. Explore your thoughts and feelings objectively and realize what motivates you and why. An honest view of yourself will help keep you geared towards improving your life and happiness in the future, with the special knowledge of knowing exactly what you want and need.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call freedom.
These are some thoughts that’ve been rambling through my head for the better part of the week, so I decided to write it out. Based on personal experience, and backed by various philosophical teachings, I can tell you it works. Hopefully somebody who’s having hard times reads this and it helps them, but if not…well, at least I got it down for reference. :P
I woke up with a headache, I skipped breakfast, I’m sore, super tired from lack of sleep, and I’ve got bunches to do at work today…
…but it’s all good, I’m totally content.
Life’s never so crazy you can’t take a moment to appreciate being alive. You’ve got one stunningly brief, glorious span of time to enjoy the world before you leave it. I get asked why I’m in such a good mood all the time. I tell people it’s because life is beautiful and precious and fleeting and I refuse to waste it being unhappy.
Pic unrelated, but seriously LOOK HOW CUTE THAT THING IS.
Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best —” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.