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The Key to Thriving

If you have been diligently studying how to have a happy life, like I have, you will want to add this one to your notes:

"According to Steinhardt, whatever inborn traits a person possesses and whatever coping skills he may or may not have gained early in life, most individuals can improve their response to stress by changing the way they think.

Steinhardt defines resilience as the ability to bounce back and fully recover from change and stressful situations. A resilient person is strong and flexible and is able to use adverse life situations as an opportunity for growth."

I believe one key to happiness is reprogramming how you think about adversity.

So, imagine taking apart your brain and emotional system, and put it back together in a logical ideal manner, in a way that will best benefit you.  Ok, now how do you get from where you are now, to that ideal manner.  Proactively work through emotional baggage, to a point where you can think more reasonably toward the subject, and then develop a solution.  Internally develop an emotional toolbox for dealing with hangups and live a freer life.  Do you agree with my concept?  What do you think?


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Jun. 17th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree. We talk about some of this in the Usual Error, and Pace and I apply it to ourselves and our lives all the time!
Jun. 17th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Most of this falls within the health maintaining and spiritual system known as hatha yoga. I agree with what you say and there are many ways to work with this though I find the practice of hatha yoga a very direct way of addressing the issue. Most who have a regular yoga practice find that their mind and emotions change, they react to stress and adverse situations in different ways and often begin to produce different outcomes based on appropriate responses.

These ideas aren't only within yoga or only with a certain spiritual tradition. I just find that they've been distilled in a way within the discipline of hatha yoga that allows them to be learned and integrated in a systematic way.
Jun. 18th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree with Pema Chodron in that "we create our own suffering."

Rethinking is key.
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
EFT works *just* like that!!!
Seriously, if you are interested in a good counselor, let me know!
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah that's a good summary of a lot of different systems created for improving happiness.
Jun. 18th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yep. Perspective and attitude is absolutely everything.
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