Happiness is a human's default setting, see: babies
The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short - Maslov
Attitude of gratitude
Make a happy list and review it weekly, find trends
Happiness => perception of events - expectations
Pain is an important signal, suffering is a choice
Lean into discomfort to become resilient
First, there are the “6 Grand Illusions”, which are the illusions of thought, self, knowledge, time, control, and fear.
Next, we have the “7 Blind Spots” of our filters, assumptions, predictions, memories, labels, emotions, and exaggerations.
Finally, we are encouraged to reflect on the “5 ultimate truths” of now, change, love, death, and design.
State of confusion
Judgements will lack objectivity
Ex: illusion of time
State of suffering
Keeping them alive consciously
State of escape
Fun as a painkiller with diminishing returns
Define a fun quota and meet it
State of happiness
Better to remove the reasons for unhappiness than to try to inject more happiness
State of joy
Rise above thought clutter, 20000ft view
Utter immersion in life, blissful uninterrupted flow
Awareness—a sense of knowledge or perception of a situation—is our ability to grasp the world at any given moment. Presence—the state of existing, occurring, or being attentive—is what enables this awareness.
There’s only reception without awareness, below that there is rejection.
Wu Wei - non-doing (Taoist concept)
No effort is needed to keep any system at its equilibrium. When everything you do feels effortless, you’ll have found your path.
Instead of looking at the few who appear to have more than you, look instead at the billions who have less. Yes—billions!