Discovery of Happiness
Voluntary Control - This third factor is the most important factor in the
equation, because you can control it, and in the process control your happiness. It
inc ludes all aspects of your life over which you have a relatively high degree of control,
inc luding your thoughts and actions. This includes the way you choose to think about and
act on the past, present, and future, and seems to have quite a significant impact on how
happy you are - if you do the math, it could be up to 42%!
Past - When thinking about the past, people who are happier pay attention to
what is 'good' about the past, rather than focusing on the unhappy times. They are
grateful, forgiving, and don't believe that the past will determine what happens in the
Future. When it comes to thinking about the future, happy people are flexibly
optimistic - what this means is that they are optimistic (in a realistic sense) about how
their future is going to be, but if it doesn't turn out that way, they know it's not going to
be the end of the world either.
Present. The way you think about and act in the present is also essentia l in
determining how happy you are. This might inc lude things such as taking pleasure in life
and your surroundings, building and be ing in meaningful relationships, and the way we
react to things in life, good and bad.
So we can see that we do have some control over thinking and actions to create
long-term impact on our routine with the aim of be ing happy. We should therefore focus
on those areas that we can control. We can increase our natural abilities and happiness by
consciously adjusting the chemistry of our brain's cranial fluid. The following factors
directly affect this fluid.
THOUGHTS: As previously discussed, our positive and negative thoughts cause
our brain to secrete chemicals. These chemicals, in turn, affect all our natura l abilities and
functions. Our thoughts have two components: facts and emotions. Every stimulus we
receive through our nervous system is nothing more than a fact. However, we attach
emotions to these facts.