In the course of life, there are occasions when «having» stands above «being» That’s because we become more concerned about the material goods that we could accumulate or possess than enjoying quality time for ourselves or with our loved ones.
That’s when I usually ask: What is the point of having so much money if you don’t have time, your loved ones around or disposition to enjoy it? Even worse, what is the point of accumulating material goods, if you don’t have physical and mental health to use it?
When we see the «have» as the end, and not as the means to achieve our goals, then we enter into a lost race of accumulating more and more material objects, which do not fill our existential void at all.
As Henry Van Dyke once said: «Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.» True prosperity is not in your belongings but in your experiences…
Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, from the Department of Psychology at the University of California, defines happiness as «the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile». While the psychologist Martin Seligman ensures that the concept we have of happiness is deeply connected with how satisfied we feel with our lives.
This is achieved thanks to three key points: the positive emotions that emanate from enjoyment; joy or comfort, the pleasure that generates us to perform certain activities and the satisfaction that comes from using our personal skills to generate the greater good.
A simple and powerful activity such as helping someone who is in need can make a difference, build a magical moment and become an experience that elevates our level of well-being. And this is not my opinion, it has been verified scientifically.
If it sounds so simple, why is it so difficult for us to implement it? One way that is applied in events like Secretos del bambú is the practice of meditation and mindfulness to find our vital center. If you don’t find yourself inside, you will get lost outside! Endure your happiness with experiences, not with belongings.