One of the chief aims of the Sydney 2040 Olympics campaign is to generate more happiness in the world, hence the slogan, "The Happy Games". The Olympic Games were born in Greece, as was the philosopher Aristotle, who famously said: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence”.
The Science of Happiness
In recent years, a new breed of researchers, including Martin Seligman, a leader of the positive psychology movement, and Marci Shimoff, one of the stars of global self-help phenomenon, "The Secret", have proven scientifically, using data compiled from a huge number of studies, that happiness is a skill that can be learnt like any other. It is now a scientific fact that it is not necessary to lead an unhappy life. Everyone has the ability to be happy, but most just don't realise it yet. We all have a happiness "set point", a level of happiness that we tend to return to as our default state. The great news is that our set point is not permanent but can actually be increased by making the decision to do so and then taking practical steps to bring that goal into reality. It is, quite literally, a matter of choosing to be happy.
A Formula for Happiness
People who are serious about achieving goals, such as Olympians and people who aspire to becoming Olympians, use proven practical techniques. They use these techniques because they are known to produce results. Likewise, people who are serious about increasing their level of happiness also use proven techniques, which can be extremely simple. Here is a proven formula for achieving happiness as your permanent default state:
* Decide what you need to do to be happy * Write it down * Do it
Being in a state of permanent happiness does not mean you will no longer have painful emotions. You will, but when they subside, you will automatically return to your default state of happiness. It takes time and effort to achieve this level, and sadly, very few people are prepared to do the necessary work. The shocking reality is that, statistically speaking, you will almost certainly not put this formula into practice in your own life, because you are too lazy. That is the dreadful truth about the vast majority of human beings. If you think we are being too harsh, then prove us wrong by putting the formula into practice right now. How about it? Are you prepared to take on the mindset of an Olympian, and start working towards being the very best person you can be? If you are, then we challenge you to put this formula for happiness into practice RIGHT NOW, and then to use it on a permanent daily basis. You will be amazed by the results. If you'd like to receive some individual support & encouragement, please use the Contact Form.
How to Be Happier
Smile Breathe Meditate Be generous Love yourself Follow your heart Exercise every day Be kind towards others Give frequent compliments Spend time with happy people Make the most of here and now Keep every agreement you make Eat a well balanced plant based diet Stop blaming others for the way you feel Listen to happy songs as often as you can Make a valuable contribution to your world Realise that happiness comes from within you Carry a smiling photo with you and look at it often Make happiness the number one priority in your life Say this affirmation often: “I now choose to feel happy” Make it a habit to do all of the things that make you happy Dare to live your life according to your own beliefs and values Respect everyone else's right to have their own beliefs and values Make short to medium term sacrifices for the sake of long term success Think about any happy memory and fully re-live this joyful event in your mind Stop watching, reading and listening to the news, which is overflowing with negativity Start watching, listening to and reading uplifting material that fills you with positive energy Be grateful for all of the wonderful blessings that the universe is constantly supplying for you Learn to say hello and thank you in other languages. It feels great to speak other people’s language Put as much or more time and energy into choosing happiness as you put into your physical appearance Adopt the mindset of an Olympic athlete by always aiming to achieve your personal best in everything you do Realise it is not your circumstances but your response to your circumstances that determines how happy you are