Be Happy… Or Face The Firing Squad!
There’s even more reasons to be happy, according to a Harvard study. Increasingly, evidence suggests that it will both help your heart, and ward off illness. So, along with a more robust cardiovascular system, cheerfulness appears to keep your immunity in better shape. That’s great news for natural optimists.
But if you’re not inclined to be happy in a chipper way, it’s probably even more reason to feel miserable! I liken these snippets of information to road signs warning of falling rocks. I mean, if you’re driving, what do you do? Hold your arms up to protect your head? Pop up an umbrella perhaps? Or, swerve around the road, in case rocks start toppling?
Like warnings for falling rocks, there’s not a lot you can do to change your genuine temperament. If you’re not the enthusiastic type, you can hardly make yourself perky and positive, can you? If that’s not how you really feel, forcing yourself to be happy in the cheerful sense is a contradiction. Either you are or you’re not. Thankfully, happiness is much more than waving your arms around and smiling a lot.
Aside from all the health benefits, social advantages, and economic rewards of being cheerfully happy, happiness has merits that go even deeper. Nor does it depend on us being naturally optimistic. To be happy at a sustaining level has more to do with meaning and satisfaction than being bright-eyed and bushy tailed (even if cheerfulness brings its own rewards).
When you live according to your values and aim toward noble purposes, you create happiness at the contentment level. This kind of living lets you be happy, regardless of your natural temperament. So even though rainbows and butterflies don’t magically appear, we can experience happiness built on the best that’s in us.
Really, this is skimming the surface. If you want to discover more of this sort of happiness for yourself, my book will help you. I am pleased to say that the exact way for you be happy is not based on a one-size-fits-all approach. Your version needs to allow you be original, without compromising your sincerity or true point of view. So there’s no need to put on a gleefully happy persona. Just get on being the best you can be (which is a lot more productive than watching out for rocks).
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