Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Top secret way to have a happy life (#30 out of a thousand)

"Embrace a simple practice" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
This is a very cool, and top secret way to have a happy life!   I was watching Chade-Meng Tan from Google (author of Search Inside Yourself) in a lecture at the Greater Good Science Center.  He was explaining his mindfulness classes at Google.  He was trying to help folks understand empathy and compassion and how they make us feel better.  So he suggested that participants secretly pick a couple of people around them and wish that they be happy, that they have no suffering.  If they had a particularly difficult work environment, they could try this secret activity every hour.  One of the participants contacted him later and told him that he'd changed her life, that she had hated her job, but after trying this activity every hour for a day, she said amazingly she no longer hated her job.  Very cool, very easy, and totally secret!

#30 of a thousand ways to have a happy life - Secretly find two people (could be strangers) to wish well, to hope their suffering be lessened, or that they be happy. 

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