How to Find Happiness Within : zen habits
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Phenomena that happen outside of us don’t cause happiness. They might be correlated with happiness but it’s not a cause-and-effect relationship.
The most important part is what happens in our brain between the external event (a good cup of coffee) and our state of happiness.
Things within us that to appreciate - they can make us happy, no matter what’s going on outside:
The key skill is to learn to notice, accept and appreciate everything around us, and everyone we see and interact with.
Often if we fail to see good in things or people around us (or ourselves), it’s a failure to pay close attention. All around us are examples of beauty, creativity, inspiration, triumph, pain, joy, life.
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