LRS 041: What Are The Elements of Happiness 75

What Are The Elements of Happiness - The Let's Reach Success Podcast by Lidiya K

Welcome to episode 41 of the Let’s Reach Success podcast. Today I’ll talk about the elements of happiness.

Too many people seem to be defining it the wrong way. They look for happiness in outer sources, think they need to deserve it and consider life unfair, wait for it to come to them without taking action, or else.

All that is a wrong approach. Truth is, happiness is already here and it is waiting for you to embrace it.

It’s a matter of choice, really. You don’t need to give anything, but to eliminate things from your life. These are the mental barriers like fears, doubts, expectations and other negative emotions that prevent you from being happy. Once you let go of anything like that, you’ll be left with joy and peace and will be contented without having to do or change anything about your life or yourself.

So, let’s talk about the elements of happiness so that you can understand the formula to becoming truly happy in all areas of life.

Show Notes:

  • What happiness really is [1:30]
  • Practical steps on how to practice gratitude [3:18]
  • A peaceful solution to living more simply and happily [6:11]
  • The connection between compassion and happiness [9:08]
  • The importance of doing things you enjoy [11:44]
  • A choice you’re making at every moment [13:38]
  • The final element of happiness [15:50]

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Action Steps:

  1. Practice gratitude.
  2. Go with the flow.
  3. Be compassionate.
  4. Be kind and do good.
  5. Give and share.
  6. Find your passion and start doing what you love.
  7. Always be positive.
  8. Learn to let go.

What is happiness?

It is to be satisfied with what you have, to accept things without trying to force them and change the consequences, to find beauty in anything and to want to share these feelings with others.

It’s a state you can reach right now, without having to move, do or say anything. You just need to realize, to understand how perfect things are, to count your blessings, to breathe deeply with a smile, look around and experience what you see.

Happiness is an inner state, it’s your birthright, it’s easy and simple and requires just a little change in your mindset and the way you look at things.

Also, it’s a habit. It’s practiced by repeated actions and soon you’ll do it on autopilot.

Happiness is right here, at this very moment. It’s in you, and everywhere around you. It’s in the things you love doing, in the things you have but take for granted, in being kind to others and sharing what you have.

To some extent, happiness is salvation. An escape from everything negative, harmful, depressing, complex and unpleasant just by leaving it behind and replacing it for joy, contentment and peace.

Last but not least, happiness is the ultimate freedom. It’s a place where you let go of worries, past and future, anger, fears and regrets. You will have done that simply because all these negative emotions are meaningless.

But if you ask me, the best way to describe happiness is once you’ve felt it with every cell of your body. And most importantly, once you’re familiar with the elements of happiness.

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Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You) 27

Why Top Executives Meditate (and Why Should You)

If you want to perform at a high level – whether in tennis, chess or at work – you either have to study how the masters in that field train and operate, or you need to be so stupendously talented that nobody is in a position to give you any advice at all.

For most of us, the latter doesn’t apply, so getting better is partly a question of emulating what we see those we admire doing. At the C level in top companies, this obviously includes things like actively networking, knowing as much as possible about your industry and training your subordinates.

A less visible habit is becoming more popular among top executives, though: meditation. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why some business superstars consider this a vital part of their daily routine:

Rebooting a Negative Mindset

When you have to deal with dozens of issues each day, it’s inevitable that you’ll have some successes and some failures.

The problem arises when our responses to setbacks start bleeding over into other matters. Meditation helps us to dispassionately examine our negative thoughts and get back on an even keel before the next meeting.

Most of us will have experienced days where we hit an upsetting snag first thing in the morning, after which nothing we try seems to go right. Rationally speaking, this can’t be because your horoscope says that your day will suck or accidents come in threes: the most likely explanation is simply that suffering a reverse conditions us to act in a way that doesn’t lead to success.

Remaining Objective

Although we’d like to deny it, our “rational” decisions are shaped at least as much by our emotions as by the relevant facts. This becomes even more true when we’re under pressure; anyone interested in how this works will find plenty of examples in Ben Horowitz’s book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things.”

Simply put, when our emotions are engaged, we become less able to find creative solutions to problems, see the wood for the trees and tell our needs from our wants.

Meditating, even if only briefly, helps us separate fact from perception and feeling from thought, leading to better judgment and more a consistent management style.

Releasing Stress

Although closely related to the previous points, the negative impact of persistent stress on our health makes it worthwhile discussing this separately.

The roots of stress are many: frustration, anger, disappointment, anxiety. These feelings can’t really be avoided in a management position, so many executives turn to a therapist or therapy, exercise or uninterrupted time with their family for release.

These approaches are all effective, but meditation has the advantage that doing it regularly trains our minds to enter a “centered” state within a very short time of closing our eyes and stilling our thoughts.

Once the habit has been established, whenever things get to the point where our palms are sweaty and we feel the need to yell at the wallpaper, we need only take two or five minutes to get back to the “real” us. This ability is simply invaluable for anyone who has to be at their best all the time, which means that it’s great news that meditation can be learned by anyone.