“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV
I chanced upon this quote when I was browsing the net and searching for inspiring quotes. I am the kind of a person who seeks answers now rather than dwelling on: why did this happen to me? There used to be a time when many a days I would sulk about the fact that I was not as happy as I deserved to be. It all changed when I started to seek happiness in small things.
A lot of times we hold on to so many things, moments and memories that cause us nothing but pain, grief and suffering. What we instead should learn is to let go of things that weigh us down. What did I learn to do differently? These 4 things that I make a point to avoid if I have to be happy!
1. Let go of the past.
No, I cannot rewrite history, nor do I have a time machine to go back and change the past. The best thing I can do is make peace with the past. No matter what I do and how much I think, the past has served its purpose and it will not change. Incidents and events changed my life in good and bad ways. But my past is what has gotten me to today.
I have learned from the mistakes, so all I need to do is move on. All I need to do is be grateful for the experiences and enjoy the moment now.
What else do you need to give up to be happy? This was the niggling thought at the back of my mind for the past few days that took the form of a post. Read rest of the post here on Elephant Journal and know what you need to give up to be happy!
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