It is thought that happiness comes from three things, those being genetics, circumstances, and values, but I think of it as more of a personal choice where we can all decide if we want to be happy or not in life. Different things will make different people happy, whether that involves having money, or spending time with their loved ones, first we have to figure out how pleasure works. Dopamine is most notably involved in helping us feel pleasure as part of the brain’s reward system. Having sex, going shopping, or smelling cookies that are baking in the oven can all trigger a dopamine release, or a dopamine rush. This feel-good neurotransmitter is also involved in reinforcement. Neurons in the region at the base of the brain produce dopamine communicating messages between nerve cells in your brain and your brain and the rest of your body.
American ideals include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, because this was written in the Declaration of Independence. Happiness can only be found if you are looking for it in the right place and we don’t become fundamentally different people when we are happy. To find true happiness, you must accept that you are not perfect, because everyone makes mistakes and it is impossible to achieve true perfection. You can become genuinely content by developing a good attitude about life, which means that you need to accept your current job, accept the way you look, accept your family, accept your friends, your home, your car, and all the material things you now have. Stop comparing yourself to others, and don’t think about yourself as being a failure, or being unlucky. Try to make decisions and not second guess them later, questioning if you did the right thing or not in that particular situation, or not. Think positive, go with the flow as life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes, and you shouldn’t try to resist them as that will only create sorrow,
Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 273, where today she gave us a video on how to focus on happiness.