The turn of the year is upon us, and millions of people around the world will be making New Year’s resolutions, hoping to change their lives for the better. The sad thing is that most of these resolutions will be forgotten or abandoned by the end of January.
The most elusive wish or resolution is to be happy. After all, isn’t happiness beyond our control? Are we simply victims of circumstance, tossed hither and thither by the cruel winds of fate or do we have control over our own happiness?
Make 2018 a happy year
Would it surprise you to know that some kinds of happiness can be bought?
That’s an oversimplification, of course, but we CAN buy some of the things that contribute to our happiness. We can also control some of the rest of the things that cannot be bought.
Happiness is not an absolute state. Rather it is the cumulative outcome of many happy moments. Many moments of happiness over time, would result in that much sought after state: Happiness.
So many of us want the triad of Health, Wealth and Happiness it is a much-spoken mantra. The first two can result in the third, but we all know it isn’t as simple as that. There are many sick or poor people that would describe themselves as mostly happy.
There are a few prerequisites to existing in a state of sustained happiness. Not living in a state of personal or environmental insecurity is one of those things. But there are factors above the physical and physiological – your personal psychological state plays the largest factor in calling yourself a happy person.
The psychology of happiness
Perhaps one of the defining factors contributing to happiness, above the immediate personal physical comfort, is having the right mindset. Your psychological state is the arena in which the game is played, the stage on which the play is acted out.
Believing you have control over your life by feeling you have control over your life circumstances is a huge factoring determining your psychology or mindset. According to an article on The World Counts website about the Psychology of the Internal locus of control:
“People who have an ‘internal locus of control’ are happier and more successful in life. They know they are masters of their own destiny.”
It’s a chicken-egg situation. Success definitely breeds happiness, but happy people tend to be more successful.
Ultimately, happiness is about the sustained feeling of being happy. The feeling of being happy however requires that certain physical basic requirements are met, thereafter the rest is fundamentally about your personal mental state and feelings. Feelings can be broken into physiological elements and neurochemical ones. There are pharmaceuticals that can give you moments of being happy, but is it that sustained condition of happiness that defines a state of being? After all, what do you do when the drug wears off?
The components of happiness
Happiness may seem like an intangible thing, and as a concrete measure perhaps it is. Theoretically though, it’s made up several components. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs puts this state at the summit of a pyramid where certain base needs have to be met in order for us to achieve the state at the apex. But how do we measure the incalculable?
Dopamine, Oxytoxin, Seratonin and Endorphins (DOSE) combine in a quartet that renders a spectacular opus called Happiness. The building blocks of happiness, by that definition, can be broken into DOSEs and brainwaves. This is the stuff of nirvana. It can be induced. And it can be bought.
So what if there was a way to get you into the right frame of mind, at will, and through practice, make it sustainable? You would feel happy often, thereby making you Happy.
Synctuition’s revolutionary audio programs can go a long way to helping you achieve this state.
It’s always recommended that you use the audio tracks during some undisturbed “me-time”. Making time for yourself takes care of many of the physical and physiological aspects required for happiness. You should be safe, relaxed, and relatively unstressed. Then the combination of binaural beats, gamma waves and 3D soundscapes will assist you in achieving the brainwave and neurochemical components that stimulate happiness. Synctuition helps release endorphins and serotonin, and places your brain in an ideal alpha and beta state.
Breaking it down to its most fundamental elements, it’s the feeling imparted by your neurochemicals and brain waves that define the condition of happiness. Relaxing on a warm, sunny beach with the peaceful sound of crashing waves in the background can definitely induce a temporal state of delight. It’s that perfect nexus of physical comfort, physiological relaxation, aural stimulation (or under-stimulation) and the combination of alpha and beta brainwaves at the optimal balance that induce a state of conscious relaxation. The secret is to sustain that feeling.