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Happiness & alternative meditation


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Talk written for Sunday Assembly Reading on Happiness and rewiring the brain

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Happiness & alternative meditation

  1. 1. <Document name and date> HAPPINESS "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
  2. 2. 2<Document name and date> Why am I talking about happiness? Me My happiness quest Your happiness quest? What will you get? Mild amusement Some interesting facts Happiness techniques you MIGHT want to try What won’t you get? Happiness References Actual science Sensible answers to questions International Happiness Day 20TH March Sunday Assembly
  3. 3. 3<Document name and date> What makes you happy?
  4. 4. 4<Document name and date> But what is happiness? Whatever you say it is…… Subjective Well Being “The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.” Sonja Lyubormirsky. The How of Happiness Social Physical MentalEmotional Spiritual
  5. 5. 5<Document name and date> And why do we want it? Live longer Live healthier Better relationships More productive – can contribute to society
  6. 6. 6<Document name and date> What are the barriers to happiness? Us! STRESS TECHNOLOGY MEDIA SEEING HAPPINESS AS A DESTINATION OVER RELIANCE ON THE EXTERNAL
  7. 7. 7<Document name and date> What makes a happy person Being open Optimism (No s&%t Sherlock!)) Good relationships Satisfaction in career Religion/a sense of belonging/Sunday Assembly
  8. 8. 8<Document name and date> Happiness is not a constant state Without context, “happy” has little meaning
  9. 9. 9<Document name and date> 10% 50% 40% External circumstances Genetics WHAT YOU DO ● Lack of freedom ● Below the poverty line ● Mental illness Happy doesn’t happen to you Sonja Lyubomirsky
  10. 10. 10<Document name and date> Happy doesn’t happen to you
  11. 11. 11<Document name and date> Can you improve your base level happiness?BaseHappinesslevel Time
  12. 12. 12<Document name and date> There are lots of happiness increasing techniques Short and intense periods of positive feelings are good….. …….but they won’t change your “base level” happiness Use the 40% to shift the 50% Shift the lens on the 10% Change outlooks, thinking habits – not circumstances
  13. 13. 13<Document name and date> Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson Our ancestors could make two types of mistake: 1. Thinking there was a tiger in the woods, but there wasn’t 2. Thinking there wasn’t a tiger in the woods, but there was The negativity bias
  14. 14. 14<Document name and date> Hardwiring Happiness – Rick Hanson
  15. 15. 15<Document name and date> Taking in the good – Rick Hanson ● Simple yet powerful method to change passing experiences into lasting, useful structure inside our brains ● We can rewire our brain to overcome the negativity bias ● Taking in the good ● Do not waste good opportunities – however small ● Gradual accumulation ● Doesn’t take much of the day ● Law of little things ● Have to ensure positive and negative do not cancel each other out (a common mistake) ● Do not cover over negative truths
  16. 16. 16<Document name and date> HEAL – Rick Hanson Have a positive experience Enrich it Absorb it Link it to something negative
  17. 17. 17<Document name and date> Alternative Meditation Regular short bursts Enjoyable Active Focused No brain noise No self assessment
  18. 18. 18<Document name and date> Alternative Meditation The technique? You tell me
  19. 19. 19<Document name and date> When all else fails
  20. 20. <Document name and date> Do not think lightly of good, saying, "It will not come to me." Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.