Are you aware that happiness is a state of mind?
All across the world, there are happy and unhappy people.
Some could be happy through just being surrounded by nature and family.
For some, that would be enough.
However, there are still many who are unhappy.
It is very fortunate for developed countries to be able to access both God-given and human-made opportunities. Despite everything that they have going on in their life.
A good job, loving family all the perks of living in a developed country. The majority are still unhappy with how their life is going.
They haven’t achieved far enough or got enough likes as their friends on Instagram. It’s just not enough.
Whereas in developing countries, there is a lack of necessities for hundreds upon thousands of people. Yet, people are happy; this tells you that happiness is a state of mind.
There are some whose fortune and future has been shaped by disease or warfare and even crime. Yet they are still happy with their lives.
Despite many people having access to the factors of happiness, most are unhappy.
While millions don’t even have access to them, and they seem to be the happiest people in the world.
It seems that the lack of material objects and human-made products seem to reduce the amount of unhappiness and worry in someones’ life while the amount of things in our life is something that causes grief.
Our minds could be another one of them. Happiness is a state of mind, and to experience genuine happiness requires the right frame of mind.
Otherwise, it would be pointless trying to force it.
A quote from Paradise Lost by Milton describes it well: “The mind is its place, and in itself Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
There are plenty of examples that can be used to show how our body is controlled and influenced by our mind:
Worry and fretting have been proven to be linked to heart attacks, so as much as happiness is a state of mind, it also keeps the doctor away.
Pavlov’s dog starts salivating at the sound of the bell without any food in sight.
Issues with headaches, backaches, and spondylitis can be traced back to being tense.
Bodily maladies can be cured with the right frame of mind.
You can control and command some one’s body and mind by hypnosis.
You can create and develop a healthy body by spending time meditating.
The mind is super-powered! With the emotion of happiness its powers are unlimited.
We can make ourselves happy. By focusing on positive events, people, and attitude, you will begin to live a far more joyful life because happiness is a state of mind.
This is a good policy to follow since focusing on negative experiences and previous failures; it will only hinder us feeling positive. However, on the flip side we should not fret over our future.
We should be prepared and create a positive attitude for our future so that it can be a good one.
No matter your circumstances, you will struggle to lack human-made and god-given joy. Nature can never truly be taken away from somebody.
The same as you can never truly take anything human-made from someone. It will always stay with them in some capacity.
Your friends and family will always be there with you when everything is gone. Your body will always be there as well.
Even if you are imprisoned, your mind will always be free. You are never truly trapped or alone.
Nobody, no matter who they are, can defeat your ability to feel free. It is a difficult skill to master, but in your mind you will always be free.
Abraham Lincoln described the state of happiness beautifully: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Only you can decide to be happy.
So, start now. The moment you realize that happiness is a state of mind, you start developing a feeling of liberation from within.