In today’s super-busy, fast-paced world, time is perhaps the single biggest stumbling block to people being happier. ‘I would take a meditation course, but I don’t have time,’ or, ‘I’ll focus on me when things aren’t so hectic…’ I could list all the reasons why you should make time for those things. But instead, what if we remove the time excuse from the equation altogether?

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My outlook on life didn’t used to be through rose colored glasses. I was cynical and pessimistic and suffered from quite a bit of anxiety. I didn’t even smile that much. To be frank, I was getting by and surviving without much happiness. Fortunately, a few years ago, I discovered a happiness formula that revealed nearly half of our happiness is directly related to intentional activities we have control over.

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The absence of illness doesn’t mean we are optimally healthy. We are living an optimal life, when we are physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy, and are flourishing in our emotions and relationships.

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There are many benefits to meditation. Meditation offers physical benefits by relieving pain, lowering blood pressure, and strengthening the immune system. It offers emotional benefits by improving mood and minimizing stress, and it provides spiritual benefits by helping us uncover our life purpose and realize our personal strength.

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Happiness comes from the activities we engage in and attitude we hold. Learning to fill up our “half-empty glass,” finding value and opportunities in setbacks, and intentionally engaging in positive experiences can all be ways to live a happier life.

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There are many different views on what it means to be happy and how we can get there. Advertisers and the media want us to believe we can be happy if we buy their products, have more things, and look more attractive. More philosophical views would say that people aren’t meant to be truly happy and our sole motivation is an endless cycle of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.

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