If there is one place where we should be completely free, then it is in our own mind. One might think there are limitations in terms of what our bodies are capable of and what we’re allowed to do – but our minds should be free to roam wherever we want them to.
Unfortunately, this is not the reality most. Instead, thoughts are dictated by circumstances and those circumstances are largely out of one’s control. This is why people will often find themselves feeling dissatisfied and constantly wanting to push forward, rather than stopping to enjoy life and smell the roses.
And without meaning to get political or philosophical, capitalist lifestyles only reinforce this nature and try to push us faster.
Are You Happy?
Most people are constantly in a position of slight dissatisfaction. They feel as though there are ‘things’ that could make their lives better and help them to be happier. Maybe if they had just a little bit more money, or maybe a bigger house. Maybe a better job?
Partly this will be encouraged by the media and by the want for material goods. People want more money so we can play the latest game, wear the latest clothes and post pictures of themselves on holiday to show to friends.
And people keep working harder and stressing more to try and accomplish these things – in turn keeping the cogs of society spinning.
Making a Change
But now think about those things you found yourself wanting. Are they on the shelf or in the closet right now? When was the last time you use that thing or have you even used it yet? Likewise, ask yourself if having more money would really make you happier. Or would you just want more.
So how do you make a change and start to be freer and happier right now? The answer is that you change your focus. Instead of fixating on what you don’t have and on what you want, start to fixate on what you already have and what you’re grateful for. This is called a ‘Gratitude Attitude’ and it’s the fastest route to having a satisfying and happy life.