This article is an extract of chapter #18 in Karl Moore’s best-selling book, “The 18 Rules of Happiness”.
“A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.” – Unknown
You know, it’s funny…
The other week, I decided to attend a local Buddhist class. They were holding a discussion on the nature of happiness. The “enlightened one” entered center stage, a gentle, snail- paced walk to match his speech, and talked about what made us happy.
This went on for a period of two hours, with many questions from the small audience.
But here’s the thing.
The teacher never smiled or laughed once the whole time. Not only that, neither did the audience! Enlightenment? Doubtful. Boredom? Definitely
True happiness, self-development, freedom, comes from inside – and is expressed externally in bright faces, a big smile, and plenty of laughing. Just look at the Dalai Lama.
Once you’ve applied the rules in this book, you’ll automatically find yourself being a happier, jollier person – naturally! But why not give it all a little helping hand?
This rule is a reminder that you should surround yourself with happiness – and just watch it rub off on you!
Get dancing, for a start! Studies show dancing to be the absolute BEST way to immediately rocket your happiness. It boosts serotonin levels, promotes good health and weight loss, and allows you to indulge in essential human and body contact.
But it doesn’t stop there. Why not also…
Keep feel-great music CDs in your car. Cover the walls of your home with uplifting pictures. Watch more comedy movies. Listen to positive tunes on your iPod while working. Indulge in The Simpsons or Family Guy, and laugh at life itself.
Heck, when it comes to that, give yourself a pat on the back for being the big, crazy screw-up that you are!
Laugh at all of the silly problems you’ve been holding on to, so very well, for so long. Laugh that you’re even mad enough to read a book like this. Laugh that you’re alive, and that so many opportunities are open to you – right now.
That’s why I think the Dalai Lama laughs so much.
He’s realized the crazy, wonderful, ridiculous nature of life – and that the real meaning of us being here, if there is a meaning, is to be happy
So, right now – laugh, dance, smile – and you will be happy.
It will look like this: Laugh, Dance, Smile!