In philosophy,happiness refers to the good life, or flourishing.
In psychology,happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being which can be defined by, among others, positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
3 – My view on happiness
I love the above picture as we indeed all run after our goals but we often forget to:
Enjoy the present moment
Enjoy your journey
Do good to ourselves on a daily basis
Taking some time for ourselves EVERY DAY…
Taking care of our bodies EVERY DAY…
Because without our health, everything comes to a stop.
I would like to share with you my experience
as the love of my life for many years now is Thai, and the majority of people from Thailand are by far, the kindest I have met so far.
(I have been traveling a lot and mingling with different cultures and people in my life)
Enjoying the present moment, expressing gratitude, showing kindness and caring about others are I would say, the fourth strongest attributes I felt they have.
Here is a quick summary of a few things amongst many that I admire:
Around 93% of Thai people are Buddhist. Therefore, belief, culture and folklore are well influenced by Buddhism principles.
The most important value Thai people hold is respect, especially the elders. The younger must respect and always show respect to the senior in the family as well as to others.
Living together as a big family is also common in Thailand. All relatives help each other and care for the young. One house, could consist of more than two families, including uncle, aunt and grandparents.
Sharing is important in Thai culture and beliefs. They love the good time of sharing. For example, when cooking a big pot of food, why not give one bowl to the neighbour? Or being kind to others, even the people you don’t know, is believed to be an act of kindness. They believe that if they already have enough for themselves, sharing makes them feel happy by seeing the others happy.
Certainty is uncertainty: this is a common phrase all Thais know according to the Buddhist principle. There is nothing certain in this world. Things happen and then go, including our lives. Nothing is always under our control. So, if you do not know if tomorrow will come, why not enjoy the life now? To have fun is very important. Enjoy every bit of life, be kind and be good to yourself and others.
The kindest act is to do good things to those who cannot pay you back or to do them without having to let anyone know.
Gratitude is a very important thing in life in Thai culture. Children earn income when they grow up. They should spare some money and give it to their parents as a sign of gratitude towards all their hard work for raising them up.
Hoping that it will help you out, I would like to share with you the direct effects on me of beeing part of the Thai community:
Positivity: like a real French person, we rightly have the reputation of being grumpy 😉
Enjoy the present moment
Take action, to help others
For example, even if the idea of helping or feeding a homeless person or a stray animal has always crossed my mind while facing such a situation, I have not acted on my thoughts. Something that is no longer relevant now.
Friendship is a lifelong journey
Don’t leave your loved ones alone
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