In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius gave this advice to his son Laertes:
This above all, to thine own self be true.
We are all in different stages of awareness of what our own self is. Finding that is essential.
You can start by being more interested in your circumstances, surroundings and others instead of focusing on being interesting or appealing to others. Developing an interesting persona leads to narcissism, and most narcissists only fake happiness to gain others’ attention.
Thousands of thoughts go on without our awareness. Instead of hiding a negative emotion from yourself, such as resentment, anger or angst, try to catch the fleeting thought behind that emotion without putting yourself down.
Simply identify that thought objectively and label it for what it is. This serves to put it in its place to help you let go of it. We are creatures of habit who tend to operate automatically. Mindfulness helps eliminate thoughts that hold us in place and lock up our awareness.
Practice gratitude often. Gratitude is true humility that evokes love from the heart. For most of us, it takes some practice before we begin understanding the difference between true humility instead of “I’m glad I’m not like them.”
Meditation is a major key to unlocking the happiness within. It should be practiced daily in a relatively tranquil space. The exact time is not as relevant as steady practice.
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