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Archimedes is supposed to have said that many years ago when he stepped into a bath and noticed that the water level rose. He is said to have been so eager to share his discovery that he leapt out of his bathtub and ran through the streets of Syracuse (Sicily) naked.
Enough about Archimedes though. I want to talk about something that is very close to me.
I have always believed that happiness comes from within. External sources, circumstances and events usually play a very temporary role in elevating, or exacerbating, what is already within.
So, the question really is: How do we get happy and remain that way?
Multiple theories exist to do that. However my favorite one, a belief that I had been harboring, was given a huge boost from Dan Gilbert (way back in 2004 but I heard his TED talk this week). According to Mr. Gilbert, a Harvard psychologist, our beliefs in what makes us happy are often wrong.
He suggests, like I have always believed, that if we tell ourselves (yes, it's that simple!) that we are happy, our mind does weird things and responds with happiness.
So, there it is - the key to being happy is making ourselves believe that we are happy. The key is to tell ourselves, constantly and without a shred of skepticism, that we deserve all the good that we have, the bad will go away with time and effort and true happiness is within us.
It is very important, both at work and more importantly at home, to achieve a level of happiness that does not leave our side when the going gets tough. To bring joy to this world that seems to crave for chaos is a noble service that we should all indulge in.
Find Happiness. Feel Inspired. Dream Mighty Things.