Friday, October 19, 2012

Happiness, optimism and the Dalai Lama

If you follow me on Facebook you'll know I'm feeling great this week. 


So I thought long and hard about it last night.

Why do some find being happy so hard?

It's a simple value/emotion isn't it??

I have always thought the surrendering to life and just being simply happy about each day was the secret. Maybe it is.

I now believe it is like most other things in life. It takes some work.

A good marriege: hard work.
A flourishing garden: hard work.
A good friendship: hard work.
A fit healthy body: hard work.

'Hard' has the connotations as being negative. I don't mean it that way. I am an optimist.
To me, hard work reaps huge rewards.

How do you stay happy? Maybe you're not happy? How do any of us achieve happiness? Well I'm not a philosopher or theorist. But I employ several things aiming for happiness.

Confronting fear
Surrendering to life: be thankful that you are here!
Taking a risk/ Courage

I LOVE this quote from the Dalai Lama:

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama Read more at 

Tell me, what have I missed??
Why do some people always enter a room with a scowl and when I talk about having a good day they appear to snigger? Am I just a little sensitive about this.
When I say "Yes I am good and I'm having a good day" I'm choosing to focus on the good stuff.
Not the other.
There's plenty of the other.
A lot of scary, sad stuff.
You know there is.
Maybe your fears and doubts ruin your day?!

Try not to let them.
Be Brave


Jaz xx


  1. Great post Jaz, a great reminder and very encouraging. :)

  2. The world needs more people like you Jaz xxx

  3. I've no idea how I missed this post on my Dashboard Jaz. I've just seen it in my sidebar. It's a wonderful post. I had noticed on Facebook how you were feeling and was happy for you. There are people around, Jaz, who just emanate negativity and misery. So long as they don't try and force that on me I leave them be. Like you I think that the things that bring us happiness need to be worked at. In order to do that, though, a positive attitude is needed: something you display in boatloads Jaz. I think you've just given me the inspiration for this Thursday.


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