How to be happy should probably be the name of my website, and all of those websites geared for depression self help. However, we tend to look for, and hover on "how not to be depressed."
This is sort of backwards. It's like having a basketball star with a bad streak start searching for ways how not to mess up. Do you think Michael Jordan had that kind of concept in mind?
Not hardly. Michael would most definitely want to concentrate on "how to best play, and continue to improve the game of basketball."
Lets make this a lesson in life. "How to live, and continue to improve the game of life."
Author Michael Anthony, in his book "How to be happy, and have fun changing the world," explains about the reason we humans tend to hover over, seek, search, strive for, hunt, investigate and explore our possibilities to be happy (I highly recommend this book).
We seem to have been created to be happy. Whether you believe in God, or the universe as a creator, we have a common theme to find happiness, and our evolution depends on it.
Just as Casino's in Las Vegas dole out millions of dollars to gambling winners, in the end, the casinos end up winning that much more. It is statistically proven that profits in casinos averages out to pay the "house." People's bio-chemistry works in the same way.
People are created with the need to be happy. Many people may be able to do harm, be angry, and be unhappy, but in the end, the brain and body's chemistry reward those who are happy.
Happy people tend to function mentally and physically a lot better than those who are unhappy and have negative thoughts.
Anthony's book describes this principle, proving it in sports. This theory is proven immediately with sports, because those who think positively outperform those who are unhappy. "Immediate feedback" for the mind-body connection.
The same feedback exists for daily live, but it is not as immediate. We may take days, weeks, or even years to realize what our negativity has done to our lives and relationships.
Seeking the age old question how to be happy, even Harvard University offered a very popular course called "how to get happy." The NPR article entitled "Finding happiness in Harvard classroom" shares a glimpse about what was taught in the course:
We can do many things to control our own eletro-chemical reactions in our body to ensure our happiness. Here's how:
Do you have a success story about beating depression? Share it and help others in their struggle with depression.