Happiness is a skill
'Just make a choice.'
'Can't you just be grateful for what you have?'
'Cheer up, it's not that bad!'
'Lots of people have it worse off than you do.'
Just some of the things people have said to me, and I'm sure to you if you live with the black dog. People mean well, but end up just making things a lot worse.
Today was a tough day.
I woke up, after a fairly good night’s sleep, and felt heavy. Like a weight was being pressed on my chest. I know this feeling, I have been here before.
The black dog is back.
So it's my 20 year highschool reunion in three months time, and I really, really want a six pack, mostly to prove to myself that a 38 year dad doesn't need to look like santa, and I only train when I have a goal, however silly.
(Then I just need to figure out a way to take my shirt of at the reunion..., I'll post a pic if I make it. :)
Our culture's idea of body beautiful has been a flat tummy for the last, i don't know, century? The ever elusive flat tummy, I'm sure many of you would agree a flat tummy is incredibly hard to achieve (after the age of 12), and even harder to keep.
So we all do what I do, you suck it in. (Maybe it's time for corsets again?)
Strange title for this week's blog on happiness. Why Sadness is good for you. In our culture being sad has almost become a sin, or shameful. We all have to be happy, all the time, like we're living in a GAP ad or something
Sadness plays a very important part in your happiness. Yes, you read that right, sadness is important for your well being.*
Emotions are just that, motions.
Here is another post on happiness, my first one,Happiness is a skill, receive a mad amount of views. Thanks for all the shares!
Happiness for me is a daily struggle, as I mentioned in the previous post, I suffer from severe depression and have been using medication daily for the past 3 years, so me writing about happiness is beautifully ironic. So this is me trying to work out how to live, happily, in a world gone mad.
I have learnt that much of happiness is a skill (a line I heard on a Tim Ferris podcast when he interviewed Naval Ravikant). Happiness is a continuous habit, something you can learn.
Just this thought was enough to give me hope, happiness is not bestowed by the happiness fairy, it is something that I can learn. I like reading and learning, and if I can learn how to fight, do a triathlon or run an ultra-marathon I can learn this.
In a chaotic world, we still have choices. In fact, in a chaotic world you may have even more choices than in a stable one. In a chaotic world, the old rules, hierarchies and traditions have little or no authority.
You have a choice.
I collect skulls, the one above is from a friend of mine it was made by Friday Gibu from the Bronze Age Foundry.
When people come into our home, they often ask if I or we have an obsession with death? The answer is, I don't and that is exactly the problem.
I want to live forever.
My name is Pierre and I battle the black dog, aka depression.