Friday, December 4, 2020

Staying Happy is HARD!

In a recent Linkedin post by Alok Kejriwal, I came to know "Staying Happy is INCREDIBLY HARD! It's so EASY to feel low & miserable".

Do a quick check yourself. Think of the day & what % of your mind has been occupied by worries, stress, guilt, pressure, jealousy, incompleteness VS the % of the time you've felt delighted or just happy. It's a miserable feeling being unhappy, but that's how we feel most of the time (save weekends).

Genetically, I think we are WIRED to worry. Imagine if we were sharing a Cave & stepped out without worrying. We would most probably get eaten by a lion or bitten by a cobra. Over the years, 'what will happen' has manifested as a core thought. Even though we may NEVER get eaten or bitten, we have imbibed the wonderful habit of worrying.

These are hacks that work wonderfully to LIFT your mind from low to high:

- 98% of our worries never fructify. But we spend 98% of our time worrying about them. Think through this.

- Reflect on your journey so far. Are you better off today vs 1 year or 5 years? If YES, rejoice. That's REAL tangible progress.

- When you envy someone, also envy their struggle & hardships (NOT known to you). If exposed, your envy may turn to pity!

- WORK hard on staying happy. Like fitness, its a HABIT you will need to cultivate.

So true..