The Bliss of Happiness
The natural expectation of our Emotional being.
Happiness is a wonderful state of bliss where one finds gladness, cheerfulness, delight, joy or merriment. Happiness is vitality for our Emotional being; it is the optimum wellbeing of our emotive existence.
The vitality of happiness is a great fortune. The golden key to this fortune of health is the achievement of appreciation.
What is Appreciation?
Appreciation is thankfulness for the things we receive and the experiences we are privileged to share. Appreciation is thoughtfulness - in recognising and valuing one’s presence, dignity,
self-worth, achievements or contributions. Appreciation is also seeing and valuing the inherent beauty of things that are around us and within us. We achieve appreciation whenever we take the time to connect positively, in a meaningful and nurturing way: with others, our environment or ourselves.
Appreciation is the wholesomeness that lies midway between the emotive extremes of neglect (i.e. failure in care and attention) and abuse (i.e. verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual or physical ill-treatment).
In the emotive realm, neglect is humanity's greatest failure and abuse is humanity's greatest fault, for they both leave one's Emotional being in anguish. Anguish as defined here is a bleak state of illbeing where (without appreciation) one finds anxiety, misery, depression, grief or torment.
The presence of appreciation brings forth the Bliss of Happiness to the human condition. Therefore, the wholesomeness of appreciation is humanity's greatest emotive achievement. Whenever we achieve appreciation, we optimally satisfy our primary human need for connection and so experience the bliss of happiness. This blissful vitality of happiness is fulfilment for our Emotional being.
How do we achieve appreciation?
To achieve appreciation, we need to sustain three essential elements:
1. The Wealth of Community
2. The Virtue of Loving kindness
3. The Mindset of 'Be positive and be present in the moment.'
When these three elements of wealth, virtue and mindset come together, we achieve the vital gem of appreciation. With appreciation, we experience a great fortune that is the Bliss of Happiness.
Achieving appreciation with
The Wealth of Community
A group of individuals who come together in a shared interest to enjoy meaningful relationships with one another and collectively works towards the general wellbeing of all in the group forms the priceless wealth of community. In a caring community such as in a family, a school, a workplace or in a child centric local community;
you will find all you need to achieve appreciation. Even in communities with little material wealth; if the wealth of community prevails, one readily experiences appreciation and the bliss of happiness.
A community is most effective as a wealth when its scope and purpose for existence is meaningful to its members. Nothing can be more meaningful to a community than its children. Find out more about Child centric communities ...
The economic efficiency and financial security of the family-unit (and the extended family) is a great wealth. The emotional wellbeing one can receive from a wholesome family environment is priceless. Family is our ‘emotional-rock’ and is often proven to be so, during our trials and tribulations. Nurture this wealth of community through meaningful relationships and regular celebrations.
The Place of Work
Friends and colleagues who join in collaborative activities, celebrate achievements and commiserate over disappointments are a great wealth. Nurture this wealth of community by frequently recognising and valuing people and their contributions.
The Local Community
Local communities that nurture their children, celebrate the achievements of their sons and daughters, empower their weak and value their old are a great wealth indeed. Nurture this wealth of community through regular cultural events, exhibitions, celebrations, awards and social services.
Achieving appreciation with
The virtue of Loving kindness
The Virtue of Loving kindness, is the intense affection we can have
for one another, and our consideration and care for others. Loving-kindness comes naturally to us. It is the ‘universal language’ that almost every living creature understand and positively responds to. It is also the very essence of our humanity.
Loving kindness positively affects us all. It is with loving kindness that our thoughts, words and deeds become meaningful and wholesome. It is with loving kindness that we strengthen relationships and build a sense of community. It is with loving kindness that we truly get to know a person and truly appreciate a person including our own self.
Whenever we are confronted by neglect or abuse (the causal conditions of anguish), this noble virtue motivates us to achieve appreciation and nurture life.
Achieving appreciation with
The Mindset of 'Be positive and be present in the moment'.'
To be positive is to see the world in a positive light (as the proverbial ‘glass half-full’). Being positive as a mindset is more than optimism. It embraces active wholesome thoughts that manifest as wholesome words and deeds.
To be present in the moment is to live in the ‘here’ and ‘now’ – for it is in the present moment that we truly live and appreciate the people around us, our environment and ourselves. Being present in the living moment (and not being distracted by events of another place or of another time) is important for the achievement of appreciation. There is really no present, like the present moment.
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”
- Cesare Pavese
“…the language that everyone on earth was capable of understanding in their heart.
It was love.”
- Paulo Coelho
“Do not say, ‘it is morning,’
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”
- Rabindranath Tagore
“I have only just a minute, … But eternity is in it.”
- Benjamin E. Mays
Beginning with the mindset of 'Be positive and be present in the moment', whenever we access the Wealth of community and do so with the Virtue of loving kindness; we achieve the vital gem of appreciation. With the achievement of appreciation, we experience the splendid Bliss of Happiness.
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