Back in the good days, before Manimal was banned from the site, he challenged us HEthens to do something seemingly impossible. Have nothing but happy thoughts for a week straight, 7 days. If you fail, you restart. That means, ANY negative thought was an instant restart.
I wanted to thank him, if he ever does see this, because I successfully did it, and it moved on to become a lifestyle. I’m not unhappy anymore, ever! A year ago, this past week would have been the most traumatizing thing I’d ever experienced, but in all honesty, I’ve never been happier!
I challenge all of you to the Manimal challenge. It WILL change your perspective, and you’ll be happier than you could have ever imagined!
Stay optimistic everyone :)
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yes, but it only makes you happy because you just helped the child… you’re just talking yourself in circles. Using that logic, you can literally make everything you do seem self gratifying (afterall, why would you do it if you didn’t get some sort of satisfaction out of it?). Go deep enough, and you will find a self serving reason for EVERYTHING you do.
If you want to say its self gratifying to help someone because it in turn makes you happy, then by all means. But is that really such a bad thing?
The sheer fact that you’re trying to find the negative in this so badly, says to me that it could perhaps be a worthwhile endeavor to attempt :)
Of course, the real mind fuck is, why are you trying to hard to find the negative in it in the first place? Doesn’t that mean you are also getting some sort of self gratification out of being negative? What about when you are unhappy. If happiness is a choice (which when you study it, that seems to be the case), then that means being unhappy is also a choice. Which means that on some level you get some sort of gratification everytime you think you are unhappy… so fear not everyone, for we have all already passed Manimals happiness challenge with flying colors! For our mere existence implies that every action we do or don’t take happens the way it does because it benefits us in some way over the alternative options. You might not realize it, but you are perfectly happy in this moment! You are the path of least resistance in this cosmic universe!
Or perhaps I’m just talking gibberish now… ah well, at least I made myself happy :)
@dick, Actually, just start thinking like a child. If you remember what it is to be excited like a child… I seem to never forget and that makes me a lot of the times look childish. I guess what I’m trying to say is to bring the inner child out – only the positive things from the kid version of you. I think it’s hard to differentiate being immature with having fun just because you’re curious – like a kid. The whole “searching for happiness” idea is the thing that fucking prevents me to be happy. And when I was a kid, no one attacked me with questions about what I want to do with my life so much, it’s usually a question meaning “How are you going to serve everyone?” That’s killing the fun. And wise people with sense of humor, not being stressed with their jobs or personal lives are difficult to find, but are important to be present to be good examples. So.. trying to be such an example is making everything a little better. Anyway, I went to deep. Everyone is a child, some children just have bad examples. I think I sound like an old wise man right now, so I’ll share this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWDozBLKdJ4