“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
People are always looking for ways to be happy. Being happy, in our culture, seems to be the ultimate quest for the Holy Grail. How about you? Are you constantly on a quest to “just be happy?”
You’ve probably experienced it before. Getting the job you really want will make you happy. Finally meeting that special someone will make you happy. Moving to a different city, buying a different home, getting your dream car. All of it equals you being happy, happy, happy!
But will it really?
The short answer? No.
Oh, you might feel a temporary surge of happiness. You may even feel you’ve got a new lease on life and that your “I feel so much happier” sticks with you for a bit. Ultimately, though, it won’t be long before you’re back to wondering what else you can do to be happy and, once again, you’ll go looking on the outside, examining your external circumstances and wondering what else you need to change to be happy.
It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see. What you need to see is that you have everything you need inside of you to be happy, and not in some arbitrary, esoteric, theoretical kind of way. Science continues to prove that your brain—that lump of gray matter that rules everything you do—can be managed in precise ways that will get you what you want out of life. Why? Because when you tap into the specific part of your brain that allows you to access your power, you get powerful. You get happy. In fact, you move from happiness to deep joy, and that allows you to be “happy” regardless of your circumstances. This is what most people seek. This is probably what you have also been seeking.
When you tap into the “Higher Brain,” you tap into the part of the brain that is responsible for the experience of joy, insight, problem-solving, clarity and confidence. This heightened activity in the pre-frontal cortex loosens the grip of the old, primitive, stress brain (also known as the lower brain), and you can access a deep sense of joy, which is not the same as happiness. Not coincidentally, when you have a deep sense of joy, it’s easier to manifest the things that make you happy. Be warned though, you won’t have the same desire or attachment to these outside happiness influencers!
The first rule of finding your happy place is to establish a way to obtain and maintain that deeper sense of joy. Fortunately, your brain is waiting for you to discover that, so don’t lose another minute. A happier, more joyful life is just a touch away.
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Dr. Michael Cotton
Founder of the Higher Brain Living® Movement