It's easy to laugh at beauty customs as being ridiculous or backwards when you're an outsider, but when you're on the inside few things can seem more important. And we're all on the inside to some extent.
I gauge a good day by the number of times I get the goosebumps. Why? Because it is a sign I am listening to my spirit, being guided by her. Goosebumps are the smile of our spirits -- we can never smile enough.
Are you feeling content and grateful, but wish there was more going on in your life? Are you feeling fulfilled? Is there a stirring inside you to get excited about something, but you just can't put your finger on what would scratch that itch?
Kindness brings us together, heals hurts, and makes us happy. It defines us as human beings. As social creatures, we seek connection with others and feel compelled to share our joys and triumphs in the dramatic world of daily life.
A crisis of meaning can last a few minutes, and they can fill a whole lifetime. The length is based on our awareness and whether or not we have the right tools and the courage to go gently through our crises.
For many of us, perhaps the hardest thing of all is to believe that "I am a good person." We can climb mountains, work hard, acquire many skills, act ethically, but truly feel that one is good deep down? Nah!
The attitude of celebrating your life is healthy, both physically and emotionally. Not only that, but upbeat people attract other upbeat people, so by changing your attitude, you can set in motion positive reinforcement for a new and improved outlook. How great is your life already?
Happiness is a choice. Yes, even for those who were born genetically grumpy, it's possible to choose to be happier. Even when things around you are falling apart, it's possible to choose to be happy. I learned that by the time I was 3 -- a lesson learned from my parents.
There seems to be a quest is toward a seemingly-impossible dream, and the journey is exhaustive. Even when all seems to be in order on the outside, there remains a longing and an unsatisfied yearning for an unidentified quality that will comfort, connect and center a person.
Is life as good as everyone makes it sound on Facebook and Twitter? Everyone I read about or follow has the greatest husband ever, the most amazing in-laws, the best-est boyfriend, the sweetest kids in the world, the awesomest job and the hottest sex life.
If you're happy, Deepak Chopra says, you're going to be healthier, have better relationships, do good/meaningful work and be successful and abundant -- not the other way around. He claims that there's a formula for happiness, which depends on three things.
When was the last time you gathered a group of your various close friends together? Just stopped the madness and everyday stuff and took a step back to enjoy the people in your life that you forget to make time for so you can rekindle that spark, a conversation, the interest and the escape.
Once we feel unified and connected, we will access a deep well of joy that does not diminish when shared. Yoga doesn't just lift our spirits. It lifts our lives. It opens our eyes to the essence of who we are, and therein lies peace. Therein lies the happiness.