Look Inside for Happiness


This video shows that the most important thing you can do to be happier right now is to learn that happiness is natural to you and is already inside of you waiting to be released. You just have to allow yourself to experience it. All it takes is an idea – a trigger – to bring more happiness into your life.

You are the source of your own happiness. Where else would it come from, if not from inside of you? If you can begin to see this truth of happiness, you have made an important start on your journey to being happier. Once you know this truth of happiness, and incorporate it into the way you look at life, your level of happiness will increase.

This is the second in a series of videos on happiness by author, D.E. Hardesty.

Number 10: The Myth of the “One” – Building a Deep Intimate Relationship

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The fantasy about the perfect “One,” waiting for each of us somewhere, makes for good romance novels. But, it is not real. Still, I think that for all of us there exists at last a tiny thought that there is One out there; there is an Ideal person. This idea can come between us and the people we are intimate with. Set against the perfection of the One, everybody falls a little short. However, if you learn to communicate with another person heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul, you can give up the fictional ideal and learn to experience the wonder of the person you are with. Continue reading

Number 9: Confronting the Fear of Happiness

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Photo (c) Gstockphoto/Dollarphotoclub.com

Many of us fear being too happy. Some of us fear being happy, period! If you ask yourself why this is, you may say, “I am afraid of being too happy because I don’t want to be disappointed.” I have heard all kinds of answers to this question, but many seem to follow that rationale, including this big one dealing with relationships: “I am afraid he (she) is not the One.” Let me suggest a different reason why people fear happiness, and how you can confront this fear and let more happiness into your life. Continue reading

Number 8: The Purpose of Life is to Be Happy

god-adam-sistine-chapel---learn-to-be-happyThe biggest question we face as humans is, why are we here? What is our purpose? To become a happier person, you should try to answer this question for yourself. I take my cue on this from the Dalai Lama who said, “The purpose of your life is to be happy!” This may sound selfish, unrealistic or even wrong to some people. But I think it is true. The purpose of life is to be happy. Continue reading

Number 5: Find Happiness Through Meditation

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Happiness does not exist in the past and it does not exist in the future. It exists right now. To be happy, you have to be here now to experience it. If your attention is on what happened to you in the past, or what may happen in the future, you will not be in the present – and happiness will elude you. Regular meditation is the most powerful tool we have for keeping attention in the “now.”

Regular meditation is the most powerful tool we have for keeping attention in the “now.”

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Number 4: Choose Happiness as if Your Life Depends on It



To be happy, you have to choose to be happy, regardless of your life situation. You need to choose happiness as if your life depends on it because, in reality, it does. If your ability to live a more successful, longer and healthier life depends on being happy, then you always need to choose it. Even if your life is not what you want it to be, and it seems irrational to do so, you still have to choose happiness. Continue reading

Number 3: Don’t Let Pleasure Obscure Happiness

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Photo: © Iulianvalentin / Dollar Photo Club

Everyone seems to be in a 24/7 rush for pleasure and distraction. What people really want is to be happy, but they seem to spend most of their time seeking sense pleasures. Perhaps they believe that pleasure leads to happiness. Or, maybe they have all given up on happiness and figure that they might at least find pleasure while they can. The problem is, the headlong race for pleasure can obscure real happiness. If you can just let go of your cravings for pleasurable experiences, you can be happier right now. Continue reading