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California transformative coach Jock Gilchrist just posted a blog which was just what I needed to read amidst the news of hideous carnage, villainous politicians and heinous rapists. At the end of his blog, he says, "Did you enjoy this post? Please share the wisdom :)" so I took him literally, so here is his wisdom, shared.

How to Create Happiness in Zero Easy Steps

"To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life." ~Jill Bolte Taylor

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I was fifteen when I first noticed I was depressed. That was also when I became seriously interested in happiness.

How can I get my hands on it? Where does it come from? Why does it seem so natural to some people?

I wrestled with those questions for quite a while.

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Fast forward to ten years later and things look a lot different for me. Happiness is now a default instead of a rare state. What a relief.

A few key lessons have made a world of difference. I'd like to share the most important one today.

Two Kinds of Happiness

One kind comes with positive experiences. It's conditional. It comes when good things happen and it leaves when bad things happen.

The other kind doesn't depend on the occurrence of any particular event. It is sustainable and unconditional. It exists underneath both desirable and undesirable experience. It is the canvas on which other emotions are painted.

It's also the kind with which most of us are unfamiliar. Why is that?

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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