Happiness: An Inside Job
Last month, I completed a course on Happiness Coaching and it was nothing short of fascinating.
The psychology behind happiness is surprisingly simple. However, a lot of people have a skewed understanding of the concept. Many think that it's the external factors in their lives that will bring them happiness: the people the surround themselves with, the things they possess, etc. However, this isn't the case. That kind of happiness is fleeting. True happiness is all about mindset and can easily be called upon at any given time.
There are two types of happiness:
Hedonistic happiness is the one brought on by external factors. It causes a dependence to material or superficial elements and the joy eventually dissipates and needs replenishing.
Heudynamic happiness comes from within and can be felt no matter what is going on in our lives. This is the type of happiness that we need to learn how to bring into our lives whenever necessary.
How can we do so? I'm currently working on building a course around this concept specifically. However, in the meantime, I suggest that you spend some time living in the present moment.
Many of us tend to either live in the past or the future. However, neither truly exists as a state of being. The only moment that exists is the present moment, the now. If we can train ourselves to focus on the now, on our current state, happiness will be easier to attain. It’s as though you are opening a portal and inviting happiness in.
A popular strategy for becoming aware of the present moment is to focus on your breath. Sit comfortably and take several deep breaths through your nose, focussing on how it feels in the body and how it sounds coming in and going out.
I’ll be talking more about the course I am developing in the upcoming weeks or months so stay tuned for more information!