I Found the Secret to Happiness 7,303.21 Miles Away from Home

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“Happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors.” Dalai Lama

But how do they seem so happy like in the travel books? They don’t seem to have much money. They don’t seem to have the fastest internet we have. They don’t have the chance to spend hours to satisfy their need to scroll and be aware of the entire world.

Being happy with what you have

The day I arrived in Bali was probably one of the warmest days I’ve ever experienced. I was excited about landing in paradise but let me tell you, I was also kind of tired of the sticky weather already.

“Each minute we spend worrying about the future and regretting the past is a minute we miss in our appointment with life- a missed opportunity to engage life and to see that each moment gives us the chance to change for the better, to experience peace and joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Maybe the joy is in the first sip of morning coffee or a smile at a stranger’s face.

Feeling joy in other people’s happiness

There is a Sanskrit word, Mudita. It means to be happy for someone else’s happiness.

Being in peace with your crazy jungle mind

I was 7,303.21 miles away from home and left the burden of city life behind. But it was still me no matter how far I went. I was me with my fears, my worries, my what-ifs, and my desires.

“Let go of the battle. Breathe quietly and let it be. Let your body relax and your heart soften. Open to whatever you experience without fighting.” Jack Kornfield

If you can’t meditate, find what makes you feel like you’re meditating. Is it sports, cooking, or listening to a podcast? Pay attention to how you feel when you do certain things. You’ll find the answers there.

What to take away

In our modern developed world, we attach our happiness only to external circumstances. During all of our struggles or endeavors, we never take the time to be.

Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher. Freelance writer whose passion is to empower others through mindfulness. IG: @begumerol_

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