Beliefs and Values
“In this world of over seven billion people, there are literally hundreds of millions of people that don’t ever experience the things that we take for granted every day.”
Our negative experiences help us live happier lives. Without them we couldn’t differentiate between happiness and suffering. In fact, our biggest mistakes teach us the biggest life lessons. It’s important to view all our experiences with open mind. In reality, no experience is either positive or negative; they just are. It’s our differentiating beliefs, values and perspectives that determines whether an experience is either positive or negative in nature. Finding the positives in any situation is important to help increase our everyday happiness. Happiness resides in all of the experiences we live through; both positive and negative ones. Even the negative situations have their benefits. Knowing this can help you look at negative situations in a positive manner. It will help build a healthy belief system.
Happiness resides everywhere. It resides in the conversations with our coworkers and in traffic jams. It comes from our families and friendships. It even resides in the hardship that we’ve lived. In fact, it resides in every experience we live. Unfortunately very few see it that way. The majority of us are determined that happiness resides only within the latest technology or through our monthly pay cheque. This type of belief only leads to inner hardship.
When I was a young boy, as far as I can remember, I didn’t see life through the same perspective as I do today. In fact, my views of the world are constantly changing. Each experience has helped me shape my inner beliefs and values. Through the years I’ve learned that harvesting positive beliefs of any kind helps inspire my passions and is one of the key fundamentals to finding true inner happiness. Weather your beliefs were taught in school, or if you picked them up from the pastor of your church, each of your beliefs assist you towards living a happy and truly content lifestyle.
We generate our beliefs through various forms. Mostly through our friends and closest relatives. These people are the ones we trust in. We believe nearly everything they say. However, even though a belief may have already been formed, it doesn’t mean it is there to sty forever. You can simply replace it with something better. Taking a look at your own beliefs will help you determine where they were formed it in the first place. By acknowledging a belief, you’re accenting it, enabling you to determine if it is in line with your current values. Much like our ever-changing beliefs; our values are changing just as rapidly. Sometimes we need a reality check to see if our beliefs and values are in line with the image we perceive our happiness to be.
What does your mind tell you to believe in? What self-defeating beliefs do you hold about yourself or the world around you? Start with eliminating them one at a time. You’ll be glad you did.
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