Is Happiness a State of Mind?

Happiness has often been defined as a mental state of well-being that is an offshoot of highly positive emotions. Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” As the onus of being happy is on you, and as you are dictated by your state of mind or perceptions, only you can make yourself happy or choose to be unhappy.

Abraham Lincoln was right when he said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

1. Never get into a state of inertia

Most of us fall into a rut and that’s the worst thing that you can do - glut your brain with nothing. You need to be alive, feel alive and come alive. Never fall back on “I don’t have time to do this or that” - that’s a sure inertia clincher. You just have to make up your mind to be happy- watch how it becomes a channel of enjoyment.

2. Efficiency and speed are the keys

Every day, you have to do so many things that you don’t like it when you don’t have time to enjoy yourself, nurture and revitalize your senses. Well, get them over as fast as you can and you have lots of time to indulge in those things that make you happy. Scheduling them so that they take up less time leaves you with more time to enjoy yourself.

3. The choice is yours

Remember, a state of mind can be influenced by an external factor but can be created only by you. You have a choice to be positive and stay positive, come what may, or soak in the seas of negativity. Your actions are governed by the state of your mind, which in turn depends on how you respond to situations. However, teach yourself never to be down and out and teach your mind how to migrate from an unhappy state to a happy one.