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Time For Your “Mind Gym” – What’s Your Happiness Thermostat Like?



If you ask people around you about happiness, you’ll find it’s everybody’s main pursuit; and you may get responses that change day by day. When I become “this”, I’ll be content, they say. When I have “that”, life will be most ecstatic, they convey. People search for it through any path… through any way….

Then when “this” or “that” are reached, happiness will, in fact, be achieved; yet, to one’s dismay, being happy upon any accomplishment doesn’t last. Graduation, promotion, marriage, or even having the first child naturally stir up feelings that life is a blast. To our chagrin, the good feelings fade relatively fast. Even winning the lottery, with time, becomes a matter of fact.

If you scan your life course well, you may notice that happy feelings always faced interruption. A host of uninvited emotional guests can diligently work on happiness reduction. Surrounding circumstances may have their weird way of introducing unpleasant surprises and distractions.

I don’t mean to sound discouraging and make you doubt. I’m just trying to be real and aim at understanding life inside out. Happiness is just one feeling among some thousand other ones difficult to count. Not only is it contagious, it’s a temporary state; and the absence of misery by no means can ensure opening its floodgate.

“Our emotional states keep sliding for better or for worse. True strength lies in our ability to fast-forward negative emotions and the good ones to nourish and nurse” ~ 3Ds

Perhaps you’re often aware of your happiness thermostat, but simply forgot your power in gliding back and forth that continuum. In tough times, you can just throw yourself back into an energizing happy memory to regain equilibrium…

To remain forever happy amidst life’s ebbs and flows may just be a misconception, but guess what? We have a built in mechanism that strives to get those good feelings back despite some delay and without exception. All you have to do is speed it up with deliberate intention…

I’ll tell you another secret: do you know what’s better than just being happy and glad? It’s experiencing happiness after being sad. So you see? Being sad isn’t at all that bad….

One last thing: William Pharrell’s “Happy” song is only a press of a button away. Care to dance?

With Your Personal Coach




  1. September 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    You are so right about happiness. It is an elusive state, always elevated by some people to a level of almost being unreachable. Rather than feeling and savoring the good moments in life and, as you say, measuring them against the less good times and enjoying them in contrast to those down times, people get stuck in expecting and wanting more and more and more, in order to feel themselves happy. I enjoy the rare highs in life like anybody else, but as I have matured, quiet contentment hits the spot for me. I am so grateful when this is present in my world. I like the image of a thermostat to help my (our awareness) and to use as a tool to call up certain memories. Good work as always!


    • September 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Many thanks for taking the time to read & comment always Iris 🙂 Yes, there’s so much in savoring the happy moments 🙂 and if we don’t have ones, let’s create some 🙂 It really is a matter of choice in the end 🙂
      I wish you a “happy” daaaaaay my friend 🙂

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