When I saw this sign, I felt compelled to take the photograph because I immediately sensed the opportunity to write a commentary about happiness.
What is it about happiness as a concept that has created great music, works of art and influential studies by some great minds?
Happiness appears to be such an elusive concept for many of us; we sacrifice the living present moment wondering about happiness, daydreaming about why we are not happy and what can we do to be happy.
Is it any wonder with this enquiry going on we are no closer to the true answer.
The image says: "do more of what makes you happy"
Consider for a moment that doing more of what makes us happy is a small part of the true secret of happiness.
Consider the possibility that “we were born happy and that our job is simply to remember”.
I want to thank my friend Steinar Thelen for reminding me of this fact – "we were born happy, our job is simply to remember".
When Steiner said this to me, it landed on me like a thunderbolt. As children, we didn't think about being happy, consequently, all of our activities were full of joy and happiness.
The biggest tragedy for us as human beings is that we have forgotten what being happy was all about. We didn't need to do a single thing in order to be happy – we just a were.
So, how do we remember to be happy?
Well, the first thing to do, is to look at all the reasons why were not happy – what is in the way of our natural authentic way of being?
If we can authentically declare what is in the way, it presupposes that our natural authentic way of being would return rather than be suppressed by a lot of stories that we tell ourselves about why we're not happy.
I have discovered for myself that when I'm frustrated, upset, anxious, fearful or apprehensive about anything, the first thing I do is ask myself:
What I'm willing to be responsible for?
What do I need to believe in order to feel what I'm feeling?
Is it the truth?
What actions can I take right now, to make a difference to my present star and well being?
These questions automatically interrupts my internal dialogue and I immediately begin to feel differently as a sense of levity returns.
Happiness is really an inside job there is nothing and no one in the material world that can make us happy. We bring our happiness to the material world and to others, and in the process, we can make a difference to each other, our communities and the world.
Oh Happy Days my friends.x
Magician, Lecturer, Speaker.