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Eric (@eric0127)    1 year, 8 months ago

I just watched this video and thought it was interesting.

http://www.ted.com/talks/matt_killingsworth_want_to_be_happier_stay_in_the_moment.html

I dont know who is familiar with some principles of Buddhism, but being self aware, always living in the present and not having a wandering mind are some of the ways that lead to happiness. This just proves that point.

Anyone surprised, agree, disagree with this. I thought it was interesting because I know that sometimes i’ll find myself imagining about something in the future that Im looking forward too when Im in a bad mood and it puts me in a good mood, but according to the study that is not the common trend

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Veggies4Lyfe (@iluvdamusic)1 year, 8 months ago ago

@eric0127, I agree with most, if not all, of the principles of Buddhism. And many books are very similar to some of the principles, like “The Power of Now”.
Also I agree that thinking about something exciting in the future makes me happy. But is that artificial happiness, and not true happiness according to Buddhism? I went to a Buddhist meditation class a couple days ago, and the teacher mention that when you are extremely happy you shouldn’t try to change that and bring it back to your normal state of happiness, so does that in turn mean that positive thinking about future situations is okay?

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Eric (@eric0127)1 year, 8 months ago ago

@iluvdamusic, Good point. I personally try to find happiness in all possible situations. It can be difficult sometimes (like when Im sitting in a biology lecture). But I feel like being able to find the beauty and goodness of your current situation will lead to a more pure and real happiness as opposed to reliving a good memory.

Im not saying to not think about the past and when you were happy, but I dont think that it should be the main way for a person to be happy

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