Be Happy for No Reason

happy for no reasonToday is Saturday, November 2, 2013.

“Be happy for no reason, like a child.  If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.”  –Deepak Chopra.

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American (not Native American) medical doctor with training in internal medicine and endocrinology, who combines ancient Vedanta philosophy and Ayurveda, a system of traditional medicine in India,  with his knowledge of Western medicine.  Author of over 65 books, including a number of best-sellers, he is regarded as an expert in holistic health (He coined the term “quantum healing.”) and a New Age guru.  He was born in New Delhi, India, on October 22, 1947, and came to the United States in 1968.  He earned his license to practice medicine in Massachusetts in 1973 and in California in 2004.   He spent a decade studying with the Transcendental Meditation movement, which no doubt influenced his philosophy on spiritual matters.

If you Google quotes from Deepak Chopra, you will get some good ones, and you will no doubt find that Chopra’s statements are right on the money.  The one I chose for today about being happy illustrates this point.

We are so accustomed to having reasons to be happy that we forget how dangerous this can be.  Think about some reasons why you are happy, or at least content, and list them on a piece of paper.  Now think briefly how you would feel if these things were taken away from you.  Now give a thought to how likely it is that any of these things could be taken away from you.  See what I mean?  For some of the things on your list, I’ll bet that it’s not a question of “if,” but “when” they are taken away.

That’s why it’s so important to cultivate the attitude of being happy or content for no reason at all.  But how is this possible?

Marci Shimoff, a proponent of Positive Psychology, has written a book called Happy for No Reason 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out.  (She also has a book out called Love for No Reason, that you may wish to check out.)   Shimoff’s approach does not depend on achievements, goals, money, relationships, or anything else outside of ourselves.  You can watch her video or take a little quiz to see how happy you are using the link above.  Scroll down the page for the video and look for a box on the right side of the page for the quiz.

I took the quiz and got a score of 79, which is not bad.  She said 80-100 is Happy for No Reason. People who scored  60-79 have a “good measure” of being Happy for No Reason.  I guess there is some room for improvement.  🙂

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