21 Days #BackToBusiness – The Philosophy of Happiness

‘Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony’ – Mahatma Gandhi

The philosophy of happiness is the philosophical concern with the existence, nature, and attainment of happiness. Some philosophers believe happiness can be understood as the moral goal of life or as an aspect of chance; indeed, in most European languages the term happiness is synonymous with luck.

Would you believe that many great philosophers such as Plato, Bentham, and Aristotle have focused on happiness?

Lesson #1: ‘Calm The F*#k Down’

I am an absolute control freak, anyone who has worked with me – has experienced the shivering moment in which something goes wrong and the interrogation that comes with it. Although the nature of my business is unexpected and prone to things going wrong – EVERY SINGLE TIME. I just can’t shake the fact that it can be controlled and changed. This part of my character has been developed through the maxim; ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. The objective now is to strike a balance between that maxim and integrating the serenity prayer. Recently my coping mantra has been – BUT did you die?

Currently, I am reading a book by Sarah Knight, ‘Calm The F*#k Down’. This is my third Sarah Knight book – and I am absolutely loving it. She talks about freaking out, and ‘ostriching’ – both things I am perpetually guilty of. Although I am able to face challenges and develop solutions quite quickly to manage challenges, I tend to bury my head in the sand the minute it’s all over and consume myself in the disaster that has just transpired. Once I pick myself out of the mud, I never address the issues that just imploded behind me.

Lesson #2: Serenity

Guess it’s time to address some problems? Baring in mind, that in my approach to rectify some of the issues – I cannot change the past, I can only change how I deal with it and most importantly, I need to acknowledge that I cannot change others experiences or feelings, regardless of how I justify what has transpired.

This is such a key component to our existence because, as I view it, happiness is what drives and fuels our actions, words, and thoughts. How many times have you been in a situation, where someone has done something so grossly inappropriate to you, that you are convinced that “that person must be absolutely miserable”.

Understanding this, is all good and well – how do you live a truly happy life? This takes a complete 360 in each and every blog post because it keeps popping up – daily practice. One of the most powerful things I have experienced this year is serenity.

 

Give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

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