Do you feel the pressure to purchase presents, for all of your friends or family at Christmas time? If not a gift, at least a decent card, right? Some people ignore the occassion and go abroad, maybe a good solution, if you have the coin. We are ambushed with advertising on billboards, radio, TV, internet, all media portals. I have a fully lit (26 metre) Christmas tree on my door step, everyday after 830pm, so difficult to ignore the festivities. The malls are heaving with crowds of neurotic shoppers, looking for the perfect item or not? Gone are the days of handmade decorations and Christmas cards, due to lack of time or exhaustion, we buy it instead. At least the economy is gaining momentum, yes? The queues are still outside the Auckland City Mission for food parcels. I am not one of them, waiting, thankfully. Hope Santa spoils you.
If you conducted a survey, for what makes people happy, the majority would probably say ‘money’, makes a difference to their happiness. Really? Money can only satisfy material need, right? The more you earn, the more you spend. We live in a world of consumerism, always chasing the next item of technology, the latest must-have’s from the beauty pages, including all the foods and/or supplements that are packed with antioxidants, 99% fat free, no cholesterol, adequate protein or carbohydrates for a balanced diet, and don’t forget the gym. Aerobic exercise definitely releases the dopamine (neurotransmitter) required to make you feel great, according to the ‘happy’ movie. Sometimes, the more ‘simple’ your existence, the happier you are. I can only remember one holiday, (8 years ago) when I turned off my mobile device, did not wear a watch nor care about the time or my schedules, it was truely euphoric. Happiness is partly genetic, intentional and environmental. Listen to nature. Volunteer in the community. Try ‘laughing yoga’. Or just breathe, and look around.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama