To be happy, don’t get used to it!

On the benefits of living from “beginner’s mind” as a daily practice… whether through sitting meditation or walking in nature or empathy and listening to connect with ourselves at deeper level… the practice of coming into the present moment and seeing clearly and seeing with freshness the people, the things, the gifts that are already in our lives… as the way to happiness in daily life. One way to remind ourselves of this is to take us out of our familiar environments and to experience new things… whether its through traveling to new places or in other ways to explore, learn, interact with human beings… Even science is now supporting this age old and perhaps obvious insight:

“One of our enemies of happiness is adaption,” says Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who’s been researching the correlation between money and happiness for decades. “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed, but only for a little while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.”

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