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Can I ask you….are you Happy?

Have you ever asked yourself what happiness is and why we are often seeking it? Have you asked yourself what it means to be happy and is happiness the same as pleasure?

I believe there is a difference in between pleasure and happiness.
Pleasure is dependent on our senses – you might get pleasure from eating nice food, watching a good movie, spending time with your partner or a friend etc. It is something that makes you feel good.

Happiness is on the other hand independent of your senses.
Happiness does not depend on circumstances, objects or events. It is an inseparable part of our consciousness, but hidden and covered from sight, by our thoughts, desires and worries.

All you need to do to become happy is to uncover it. So, how can we do this?

If you silence your mind you will start to experience happiness. You will need to be calm and relaxed.
It is only our thoughts that can stand in our ways to be happy. Change your thoughts and you can be happy now.

If you believe that circumstances will make you happy then you are up for disappointment.

When you are happy, minor unpleasant events usually do not disturb you. When you are unhappy, you feel as if everything is against you. You might compensate for this, by eating chocolate and sweets or even smoke or drink because this gives you pleasure; yet you stay unhappy.

Are you afraid to be happy?
I know it might seem like a strange questions, but some people actually fear being happy as they see happiness as a temporary state and they are therefor scared to loose it. They believe that unhappiness always follows happiness. Some people believe that they are not worthy of happiness.
Sometimes things change in life and if we don’t like the changes we experience unhappiness.
But if we practise detachment – nothing can influence our moods.

I guess what I am trying to tell you is that Happiness is an inside job. Do not let your feelings be influenced by each little blow of the wind. If you can convince yourself to stay relaxed and calm in every situation, this will be the first step to experience happiness.

Pure Wellness Inside Out,

Blessings,
Karin Hagberg

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