Here are my 3 keys to happiness. I hope this will inspire you to take action and become fully happy with life.
Admittedly I can’t be the first to have thought of the 3 P’s of life and you may find this elsewhere, but here is my take on how to be happy in life:
So I came across the quote the other day: “No wind blows in favor of a ship without direction.” Dr. Selye (1907-1982). In my opinion this hits the proverbial nail on the head because it explains why people (the ship) without a purpose (the direction) will never find favourable conditions (happiness) to sail (through life).
How do I work out my purpose? This is a tricky question and I have addressed the issue here. For now I would say: If money wasn’t an object would you still do what you are doing? If not what would you be doing? This question will help you to discover what you are really passionate for. Don’t be lazy and just say nothing. Also try and say something that contributes to society in some way i.e. I would be a writer of self-help books.
If you have a purpose you jump out of bed, if you have progress each day you jump a little higher, a little further and a little earlier… This will fuel and upwards spiral of good emotions making you unstoppable throughout the day.
Presence is the third key to happiness. The romans knew this; “Carpe Diem”, which means seize the day or moment, so why have we forgotten it? Although your purpose will have you focus on your future remember the present is the only time that we have. So stay present to the moment and take small steps forward (progress) and then you will have all three P’s tie together and you will feel full of life or “plein de vie” as the French say.
To sum up I like to think of trying to light a fire; progress is the fuel so small twigs and kindling all piled up, little by little as you collect them; presence is the spark, it is an instant where neither future nor past matter, it is special as from the spark there could be a fire (optimistic view) or the kindling could fail to light (pessimistic view), however in that moment the spark is all that matters.
Finally the purpose is the fire and is the reason why you are here. It is your passion and the more progress you make towards it (i.e. adding fuel) the brighter and hotter the fire burns.
Hope that metaphor made sense.
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