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The path of emotions

 

It can be said that our two most primal instincts are:

  1. To survive
  2. To pro-create

These instincts keep the human race going! Sadly, there’s no primal drive to make us blissfully happy. Herein lies the problem that we face as human beings…

 

“The most important decision we will ever have to make is whether we live in a friendly or hostile universe.” – Anon

 

We all have to accept that if we want to live a life of happiness, we have to create feelings of happiness from within. We then need to couple these internal emotions with external experiences, and actions. We must practise them continually – you have to work at being happy! However, it’s worth it.

Think of happiness like being physically fit. It is impossible to go to the gym once, and then suddenly attain a toned and healthy body. Fitness is a process that has to become a lifestyle. Being happy (and creating happiness) is no different.

 

The scale of happiness

The good news is; you cannot be at both ends of the scale of happiness at the same time. You cannot feel afraid or angry, if you’re having fun and you’re laughing. Therefore it is vital to direct ourselves to the positive side of the scale.

Happiness is not a genetic predisposition, created by luck, or something predestined by birth. You need to take positive steps to create positive emotions, such as spending time with friends who make you feel good about yourself, watching TV programmes or films that will make you laugh, practising gratitude every day, and learning to love yourself.

 

Extract from our book, Conquering Anxiety. Please keep an eye on our TikTok channel for new uploads every week, with specific videos on anxiety. Also, we’d love to see you at one of our upcoming workshops this year, where we go into much greater detail on our approach, tips, techniques and methods.