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Overcoming Temporary Happiness: Unlocking the Secret to Sustainable Joy

Sep 16, 2023
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Have you ever been on a beach vacation and thought, "I wish every day could feel this good?" The sun on your skin, the sand between your toes, and the sound of waves create a sense of immediate and overwhelming happiness. But who says that feeling has to be reserved for vacation days?

The essence of sustainable happiness is to make every day feel like that day at the beach. It's about capturing that sense of freedom, relaxation, and joy and incorporating it into your daily life. While we can't all live on the beach, we can bring elements of that happiness into our everyday experiences, creating your own "beach" in everyday life.


What is Your HAPPY DOSE™?

When pondering the question, "Is happiness temporary?" it's crucial to delve into the biological factors that contribute to our emotional state. At Happiness Mountain, we've coined the term "Happy DOSE™" to represent the four hormones that contribute to your feelings of happiness:

  • Dopamine - Motivation, Drive, Pleasure: This hormone is often referred to as the "reward hormone," released during pleasurable situations to stimulate feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement.
  • Oxytocin - Love, Bond, Trust: Known as the "love hormone," oxytocin is released during social bonding, maternal behaviors, and during intimacy, fostering feelings of trust and emotional closeness.
  • Serotonin - Elevated Mood + Self-Esteem: This hormone helps regulate mood and emotion, contributing to feelings of well-being and elevated self-esteem.
  • Endorphins - Healing + Well-being: These are your body's natural painkillers and mood elevators, often released during exercise or stress to promote healing and well-being.

Understanding these hormones can offer a roadmap to more consistent happiness, helping us move away from the notion that happiness is merely a temporary state.


The Happiness Mountain Philosophy: A Path to Sustainable Joy

The guiding principle at Happiness Mountain is straightforward yet life-changing: make every experience a happy experience. Whether it's a coffee date with a friend, a work meeting, or a family dinner, are you making each of these experiences a source of happiness? If not, you're not fully embracing the Happiness Mountain philosophy.

The Importance of Mindfulness

Being mindful of your actions and thoughts can significantly impact your happiness levels. When you're fully present in each experience, you're more likely to find joy in the little things, making happiness a more sustainable endeavor.

The Ephemeral Nature of Individual Experiences

Life is a sequence of fleeting moments, each confined to a specific time and place. If you're seeking a day filled with happiness, the key is to ensure that the majority of your experiences are joyful ones. This approach shifts your perception of happiness from being a temporary state to a more sustainable one.


The Ripple Effect of Joy: The Secret to Sustainable Happiness

When you consciously choose to make each experience joyful, you're not just elevating that singular moment; you're setting off a chain reaction—a ripple effect—that has the power to transform your entire day and, ultimately, your life. This is the cornerstone of sustainable happiness, and it's how you move away from the notion that happiness is a fleeting, temporary state.

Imagine your day as a series of interconnected moments, like pearls on a string. When you infuse the first "pearl" with happiness, it shines more brightly, casting its glow onto the next. As you continue this process, the entire string begins to radiate joy. This is the ripple effect in action. Each happy experience amplifies the next, creating a self-sustaining cycle of joy that doesn't just end when the day does; it carries over into the next day, and the day after that.

This ripple effect is not just psychological; it's physiological too. When you're happy, your body releases your Happy DOSE—Dopamine for motivation, Oxytocin for love and trust, Serotonin for elevated mood and self-esteem, and Endorphins for healing and well-being. These hormones don't just vanish after their initial release; they interact in complex ways to sustain your mood over time. For example, the dopamine released during a morning workout can make you more motivated and receptive to bonding (oxytocin) during a lunch with friends, which in turn can elevate your mood (serotonin) for the rest of the day.

Moreover, this ripple effect extends beyond you. Happiness is contagious. When you're joyful, the people around you are more likely to be affected positively, creating a feedback loop that returns that joy back to you. It's a virtuous cycle that benefits not just you but your entire social circle.

So, when you focus on making each experience joyful, you're doing more than just enjoying the moment; you're investing in a sustainable happiness portfolio that pays dividends over the long term. This is the secret to making happiness sustainable rather than temporary, and it's a choice that's available to you right now, in this very moment.


Temporary vs. Sustainable Happiness: What's Your Choice?

  • Temporary Happiness: If you're someone who waits all week for that Friday night party to feel happy, you might find that your joy is short-lived. The anticipation builds up, the event comes and goes, and then what? You're back to square one, waiting for the next "big thing" to bring you happiness.
  • Sustainable Happiness: Conversely, if you adopt the Happiness Mountain philosophy and aim to make every experience a happy one, you'll discover that happiness becomes a more enduring part of your life. It's like building a happiness "savings account" that you can draw from in less joyful times.


Practical Steps to Activate Your Happy DOSE

  • Dopamine - Motivation, Drive, Pleasure: Celebrate small wins and achievements to boost your motivation and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin - Love, Bond, Trust: Engage in social activities or spend quality time with loved ones to foster trust and emotional bonding.
  • Serotonin - Elevated Mood + Self-Esteem: Spend time outdoors to soak up natural sunlight, or engage in mindfulness practices. Both activities are known to boost serotonin levels, enhancing your mood and elevating your self-esteem. Walking around the block for 20 min is great way to start.
  • Endorphins - Healing + Well-being: Exercise regularly or engage in stress-relieving activities like meditation to promote healing and well-being.

By focusing on the collective experiences of your day rather than isolated moments, you set yourself up for a more sustainable form of happiness. So why wait? Choose to live the Happiness Mountain way today and elevate your daily life to new, joyful heights.


Additional Resources:

For in-depth strategies on harnessing your Happy DOSE across various life scenarios, be sure to explore the "Happiness Mountain Book."

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