Chris Prentiss in her book Zen and the art of happiness (Power Press 2006) begins “There is only one way to achieve lasting happiness. The way is simply: Be happy.”
I read that and immediately closed the book astounded that the wisdom of the book was in the first two sentences. Then of course, I opened it again and read in earnest. What other words of wisdom would I find?
I purchased the book because I heard a story on TV about a local Michigan judge that was handing out this book to people who appeared in her court. I was intrigued.
You can’t argue with the truth and the truth is happiness is an inside job and the way to happiness is through practice. But how do you change your belief to reflect this especially if your life has been different? Chris Prentiss suggests that you need to change your experience. She writes “To reach the goal of happiness, act as though the following statement is true: Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me.”
You can decide right now to be happy instead of trying to unearth it from every experience you have. How different would your life be if you decided right now to choose happiness? How would your life be if you choose to react differently?
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln