Let’s start off by getting some things straight: Every single one of us has the ability to control our reality, control our emotions, and decide what our lives will be like. Happiness is simply how we interpret events; it is a CHOICE. You are only a victim if you choose to be. Thus, we all have the ability to be happy. . . most of us just need some help learning how to find it.
I know what you’re thinking: those are some pretty bold claims. I get it. If you would have told me this just a few years ago I would have been like NOPE. Hell no. Nah. Say this outloud to nearly anyone and you’ll get a lengthy list of rebuttals: What about people born severely disabled or born into poverty? What about mental patients? What about prisoners and slaves and people put in concentration camps against their will? What about all the people that are simply born unlucky?
But think about this: Many people are born into the right country, at the right time, in the right family, with plenty of love, perfect looks, a good job and ample opportunities, yet even they struggle to find happiness. “Despite the fact that we are now healthier and grow to be older, despite the fact that even the least affluent among us are surrounded by material luxuries undreamed of even a few decades ago . . . and regardless of all the stupendous scientific knowledge we can summon at will, people will often end up feeling that their lives have been wasted, that instead of being filled with happiness their years were spent in anxiety and boredom.” (1)
When the luckiest of us are unhappy, what chance do the rest of us have?
The following chapters will show you that EVERYONE can be happy, regardless of their situation, as long as they are willing to put in the work.
*DISCLAIMER: I can’t take much credit for most of what follows as it is mainly a series of excerpts from the book Flow: the psychology of optimal experience by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi. I have organized many excerpts and summarized much of the rest in the best way I saw fit for the spiritual purposes we are attempting to attain within this book named WALKING IN FLOW Thus, all the numbers in parentheses from here on out will be references to “Flow” unless otherwise specified. If any of this fascinates you, I highly recommend that you buy his book for yourself (and all his others!) to read more in depth about each topic. There is a lot I left out!*
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