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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Studies done by Dr Martin Seligman and other notable and prestigious "Positive" psychologists found that generally there are THREE types of Happy lives we can live (generally speaking) and various exercises that could be done to amplify the happiness (much like a treatment , but only in the positive sense of making someone happier, not treating a disease).
╰☆╮The 3 levels of Happiness╰☆╮
1) The Pleasant Life (The Pursuit of Pleasure)
2) The Good Life (The Pursuit of Engagement)
3) The Meaningful Life (The Pursuit of Meaning)
The Pleasant Life is a life filled with pleasurable emotions such as eating fine food, drinking fine wine, hearing rapturous musics, seeing wonderful sights/art, romance and sex, laughter, massage, touch, smells and anything that evokes sensory pleasures and positive emotions, but in a way that is instantly gratifying. These type of experiences and feelings are wonderful, but we can easily habituate to them by overdoing (eating, sex, etc).
This type of life is signified by the word PLEASURE.
The Good Life is a life of flow where time stops and you are totally absorbed in something, your work, hobbies, conversation etc. There may not be any positive emotion because you are not just listening to the music , you are one with it. I think we have all had the experience of being with someone, doing some project we were 100% into and being totally engrossed to the point where time literally stopped YET ironically looking at any clock, time flew by. Basically we are totally engaged and connected to life. This engagement and absorption is the very OPPOSITE of boredom.
This type of life is signified by the word ENGAGEMENT (also flow or absorption).
The Meaningful life is a life where you know your signature strengths, gifts and talents and you use them in the service of something higher, bigger or greater than yourself. Something larger than you like a positive institution, a big dream or vision that can change the world on a large scale (or even a small scale) but the key is that it is something greater than yourself that can touch the lives of multitudes.
In the Positive Psychology studies done by Dr Seligman and others, they found that the longest lasting happiness was found in the meaningful life, followed next by the Good Life. There was hardly any lasting happiness with the Pleasant Life alone… BUT, here is the KEY… When you Lead a Meaningful and Good Life, these studies found the pleasures become like the whipped cream and cherries and gives a DEEP richness, sweetness and reward to living. So the pleasures of life become exponentially more pleasurable when you Know your strengths, You follow your Bliss and Make a Difference. But pleasures alone will not bring lasting happiness. It seems living all 3 together has a profound synergy in giving the ultimate experience of lasting happiness.
Here's the Billion dollar question for YOU (and for me) that we should ask ourselves:
What is it that I would do if I had $1 Billion Dollars in the bank, time freedom and perfect health?
What would YOU DO to make a difference and lead a RICH, MEANINGFUL, GOOD and Pleasurable life? This is a question I am personally asking myself to begin 2013 and I invite you to really go deep into the heart of what matters to you in life and ask this questions to yourself as well.
Follow your Bliss, Live Life on Purpose, and Be the example you wish to teach!