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The Five Rules of Happiness
by Burt Goldman

Are You Happy When Youíre Happy?

You know when youíre happy, and certainly no one has to tell you when youíre sad. But what is it that makes a person happy?

It is important to realize, however, that what makes you happy might depress another person. There are people, because of guilt, a feeling they do not deserve what they have, or a feeling they will lose what they have that makes them unhappy when they should be happy. Possessions are a poor measure of happiness. Possessions are subjective and relative to the individual and the individualís viewpoint. Instead, we will use a philosophy as an example.

This philosophy is about enjoying things you like, avoiding or changing things you do not like, and accepting what you cannot avoid or change by the skillful use of your viewpoint. The use of this philosophy, as embodied in the five rules, will allow you to test many problem areas in your life and find solutions. With this philosophy, you will be well on your way on your pursuit of happiness.

The Rules of Happiness

Pursuit of Happiness - Rule Number One: If You Like a Thing, Enjoy It.

Now that seems outrageously simple. At first you might say, ďThatís ridiculous, of course if I like something Iím going to enjoy it.Ē But when you stop to think about it youíll probably agree that there are many things in life that we like but donít enjoy. The reasons we donít enjoy things we like are (a) guilt, and (b) fear. You will not enjoy something you like if you feel guilty after having done the thing, or if you are fearful of the consequences of doing it.

Pursuit of Happiness - Rule Number Two: If You Donít Like a Thing, Avoid It.

The second rule seems simple enough, but reflect for a moment on how many people are involved with things they do not like ó a job, a person, a vehicle, a type of food, any one of a thousand things ó and for some reason they donít avoid those things. ďWell, I canít avoid it. I have to work there because I need the money.Ē Or, ďI have to be involved with this person for many valid reasons.Ē How many justifications can you think of for not avoiding the things you do not like to do?

Pursuit of Happiness - Rule Number Three: If You Donít Like a Thing, and You Cannot Avoid It, Change It.

Here again, the answer is simple: change it. But just as in avoidance we rationalize that we need something about it ó the money, the time, the security ó something is holding you to that particular thing if you donít like it, cannot avoid it, wonít change it, but are still involved with it.

Pursuit of Happiness - Rule Number Four: If You Donít Like a Thing, Cannot Avoid It, and Cannot or will Not Change It, Accept It.

Acceptance ó now there is a catch. How can you accept something you donít like? How in the world do you accept something that is 'unacceptable'? How do you accept a situation that youíre not happy with? How do you accept a person that youíre not happy with? Well, you really donít have to accept anything; you can, of course, be unhappy. If you donít like it, wonít change it, cannot avoid it, and will not accept it, I guarantee that you will be unhappy. There are, however, five rules to the secret of happiness, and within the fifth lies the key.

Rule Number Five: You Accept a Thing By Changing Your Attitude Towards It.

You are the result of your viewpoints and attitudes. Everything is relative to the person experiencing it. There are no absolutes ó nothing is good, nothing bad, except as it relates to you. Nor is life good or bad. Life simply is. You change those things you wish by changing your viewpoint about them.

How easy!
How difficult!

Your attitudes and viewpoints are all part of your mind and once you develop the power of self mind control you will be the master of your own attitudes and viewpoints. The Power of Self Mind Control will show you how to go to the meditative level and using these five rules, youíll find yourself on the right path on the pursuit of happiness. Youíll realize why people are unhappy. Eventually it will become automatic, and youíll find happiness a predominant state of mind. Once you realize the ease of acquiring this emotion, you develop an entirely new scale of highs and lows.

Unremitting happiness, of course, is not a possible or desirable state. According to the principle of rhythm, there is always an inflow and outflow, an ebb tide and a flood tide. Youíll always have highs and lows ó thereís no way to avoid that. However, your highs will be higher and your lows will be higher. Youíll then find that what is a happy state for you might be a state of depression for someone unaware of the Five Rules of Happiness.

 

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The above article is a beautiful chapter from Burt Goldman's latest book, "The Power of Self Mind Control." You can learn more about his latest book at http://www.SelfMindControl.com  Burt Goldman has also been a Silva Mind instructor teaching techniques to make the rest of your life the best of your life. To learn about Silva seminars near you just visit http://www.silvaultramindsystem.com

 

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