Perspective is everything. Before I die I want to leave you with what I believe is the most important philosophy in life. I’ve learned a lot throughout my many years, and wish I had known what I know now, when I was younger. We dictate our own lives. We get to choose how we want to interpret the curve balls life throws at us. As humans, most of us are on the pursuit of happiness. It is believed that it’s human nature to want to be happy, but this is a very vague statement. For some people, being happy is a job that requires constant effort to be obtained. But perspective is absolutely the key to everything. It can make acquiring happiness a more obtainable goal. Taking different perspectives changes the individual. Taking a step back, and looking at a situation from a new perspective can be a life altering decision. It gives you a more realistic and understanding outlook on any circumstance. If you make the effort to search for the best in a given situation, you are going to be more content in general. But if you’re negative, and search for the worst in a given situation, nothing will ever seem sufficient enough for you, and you will always be unsatisfied. It’s all up to you, you choose what perspective you want to take any any situation life presents to you.
I have reaped both the benefits and the disadvantages of taking positive and negative perspectives. A few years ago my house burnt down in a wildfire in San Diego. It was an extremely horrific situation. Everyone was
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Within The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, he mentions that there are two ancient truths concerning how the mind works. The first truth is the foundational idea of the book: the mind is divided into parts that sometimes conflict with each other. The second truth is Shakespeare’s idea about how “thinking makes it so.” (or, as Buddha said, “Our life is the creation of our mind.”) Like a rider, on the back of an elephant, the conscious, reasoning part of the mind has only limited control of what the elephant does. Nowadays, we know the cause of these divisions, and a few ways to help the rider and the elephant work as a better team. We can improve this ancient idea today by explaining why most people’s minds have a bias toward seeing threats and engaging in useless worry. To change this bias, we can use three techniques to increase happiness, one ancient, and two very new.
“Choose to be happy.” This is what mom has always said, since a very young age and still to this day she tells everyone. For so long, it was just “mom talk”, those things your mother says that is supposed to make you stop and think. Yet, being too young, dumb and full of it, to really understand what she means. Curiosity emerges and suddenly there is a need to understand what it really means to be happy, what constitutes Happiness? So follow up with some research, entering the bookstore, gliding in and out of the rows and rows in the self-help sections are others, asking the same question. What is happiness? Where does it come from, are we born with it or do we make it happen? Happiness is but a belief, an idea, a theory; but theories,
putting a hat on a snowy day. waking up early on a Sunday morning. avoiding that cheesecake after a great meal. choices. we make those choices in our everyday life.we don't question these choices because we already know why we choose to do these decisions. we put on a hat because its cold. we wake early to feel revived.we avoid that yummy cheesecake because we want to avoid those extra calories. while reading, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and Arriving at perfection by Benjamin Franklin, coming to a conclusion on how a person can choose happiness was not as complicated as it seemed. A person chooses happiness through self-motivation, in other words to make one a better self. There are times where we want to better ourselves but for
Through Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse we are able to determine that in life seeing life slowly and taking it step by step always with a good attitude is the way to live a happy good life. When wanting something taking a break from the steps we are taking to reach our goal and actually seeing analyzing and seeing things through will help reach self
There are many unfair things in this world. Some people are born rich and live in luxury, while some people are born into a poor life that people are suffering. All of us may live in a different life, but we also have one common thing before that. We are all born into this world to live once and we die when the time comes. While living our lives, we all taste contentment and depression. In this process, we sometimes meet moment of enlightenment and life can change in an instant.
Reducing the mental commentary and allowing yourself to “remain in the present” is the key to living a life of happiness.
There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind – and to change them for the better. According to Buddhism this is the most important thing we can do, and Buddhism teaches that it is the only real antidote to our own personal sorrows, and to the anxieties, fears, hatreds, and general confusions that beset the human condition. The Buddhist path of meditation begins with practices to calm our wild mind. Once the mind is focused enough to look undistractedly into reality, we develop insight into the nature of our experience, which is marked by impermanence, suffering, nonego, and emptiness. We naturally develop compassion for ourselves and all beings who suffer, and our insight allows us to help them skillfully. Finally, we experience ourselves and our world for what they have been since beginningless time, are right now, and always will be — nothing but enlightenment itself, great perfection in every wayThis has help curve violence in one school.
Famous thinkers can come from all walks of life and can be from our generation and others. Reaching goals can be done in many ways. The similarity famous thinkers is that they are all share creative minds and are all creative thinkers. Creative ideas are the foundation of creative process (Goodman & Fritchie, 2011). Famous thinkers base their ideas on searching for solutions to problem, need, or the way others think or view specific issues. When I think of famous thinkers a vast number of people come to mind. Two thinkers that genuinely stand out to me are Steven Spielberg & Grace Hopper. My article will provide more details on the influence and accomplishments of these great
In life you make choices. We choose to go in or out. We choose to get up or stay in bed. We choose to live or die. The choices you make can effect your life forever. No pressure right? Sometimes you can make the wrong choice. If this happens, it is your choice to learn from it, or keeping making the same mistake. An important aspect of life is being able to understand how someone is feeling. This is called emotional intelligence. When we understand our emotions and others. Being able to relate to people is a big job. We have to choose whether to try and put ourselves in the other persons shoes, or only see from our own perspective. This choice can determine if you are seeing the world in a selfish way or a beneficial way.
Anne Frank was a really positive person even in some of the darkest times. “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy,”- Anne Frank. A vast majority of people approach conflicts and situations negatively. Still, one of the best ways to approach any situation in with a positive attitude, at least, in my opinion. Being positive can create a better outlook in life and a wonderful living for any individual. All you need to do is change the way you see the world. Changing the way you see the world can change many things for a single person, who can spread it to others through sheer positive emotions. Positivity is contagious.
For this assignment, I chose the following three ethical philosophers: Confucius, Immanuel Kant, and Paulo Freire. Each of these ethicists differs in the way they resolved ethical dilemmas and the assignment will focus on how each ethicists would respond to a certain situation.
Our internal world governs our happiness, not conditions put upon us from our external environment or conditions we place on ourselves. To put it another way, our search for happiness is the very reason we’re unhappy (McLeod, 2007). Psychology considers happiness an emotion or mental state and a predictor of how well one’s life is going. Some say that happiness is a choice, and therefore a behavior that one chooses. Happiness is a way of interpreting the world, since while it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it (McLeod, 2007).
Philosophy is a very interesting yet challenging topic of discussion and method of thinking. Most people have never been challenged with the way they think about things. I believe among the great philosophers like Aristotle and Plato, Nagel really brings out some pretty interesting topics that really help your mind think. With the chapters we had to read up on, Nagel challenges us on the topics of us really knowing what reality is, free will, and the meaning of life. Everybody has their way of thinking and their environment, their upbringing have a lot to do with their mentality so when people are shown different other mindsets such as Nagel’s and the many other philosophers people feel that maybe the philosophers have been right the entire time and their life has been a lie.
When we start to let the different matters fall into place and try accepting why things turn out this way, we will question less about what is going on and start feeling more contented easily as we look forward to the future.
Some people seem to be happier than others. Some seem to embrace the enthusiasm that children have and carry it on through their lives. What is their secret? Their "perspective" is a more positive one. What does that mean, well, whether we know it or not, we learn much of what becomes our perspective or outlook on life. We imitate what we see and hear as children and learn our parent 's frame of reference. Then we learn in school. But after that? What 's after that is the most important part of perspective learning to be happy and productive in adulthood.