Happiness is our psychological immunity.
Just as we get our daily dose of Vitamin C to up our physical immunity, we also need a dose of happiness to up our psychological immunity.
Then you may ask, I can pop a Vit C pill, how do I pop a happiness pill (other than state altering pills, which is not only dangerous and in most places illegal)?
What if we could “manufacture” this happiness pill in our own minds? We all have this capacity, we just don’t use it enough, and some of us have forgotten we even have this capability to do so.
Children have this ability because they use their imagination quite naturally and easily. The rest of us, poo poo imagination and think people who indulge in them are not realistic and not in touch with reality.
But wait a minute, didn’t Einstein say this: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
So am I saying to be happier we need to daydream more? Well, in a way I am saying this.
Keep in mind that scientists have found out that we have a powerful part of our brain that allows us to “manufacture” happiness. Understand that this ability didn’t exist before, because this part of the human brain is part of our human evolutionary process, which means our ancestors way back during the caveman days didn’t have this ability. Well, life was much simpler then. They didn’t have to compete with people in their self image via Instagram.
Isn’t it amazing? As humans are becoming more and more shallow in their perspective of their own self image because of the internet age, to keep this in balance, our brains develops an ability to save ourselves from ourselves. Obviously this didn’t just happen overnight, it took thousands of years. The evolution of our human-ness will save some of us from self destruction.
So what is this tool and our ability to manufacture happiness?
As mentioned above re: the brain, we have an ability to simulate happiness. And we do this, by using our “experience simulator”.
Many motivational gurus speak of this, using different words, to say that if we want something, we need to be able to see it in our minds, use our imagination, use visualisation. And they also teach that we need to use all of our senses so that we bring the experience closer to our reality.
Happiness works on the same level. By using our experience simulator, we can simulate a happy event/occasion via our imagination and through that lift our hearts, experience happiness and maybe even joy.
Spiritual people know this too well. Through meditation or visualization exercises, we often simulate all kinds of experiences. BUT as with many people who are too caught up in life, we forget that we have this ability. We forget the basic fundamental need of our human-ness to experience happiness.
As it is often said, we cannot obtain happiness from someone else or something outside of us, happiness has got to come from within. Using our own experience simulator is a mighty good place to start, if you struggle to experience the bliss within.
Remember happiness is our psychological immunity. Work it!
© 2019 Shamala Tan
Shamala Tan is an author, spiritual entrepreneur and healer. Her work focuses on transforming the lives of others on the spiritual, emotional, mental and earthly level.
One of her success stories as an author is to being featured alongside New York’s bestsellers Sonia Choquette, Robert Allen, Arielle Ford, Marci Shimoff as well as Christine Kloser in the book Pebbles In The Pond.
Shamala’s clients include small business owners, holistic practitioners as well as those seeking to find more significant meaning and value in life. Shamala offers laser coaching to her clients on a one-to-one basis or in a group environment, offline as well as online.