Friday, February 27, 2009

The Secret to Happiness

Generating passion

With thanks to Stefan Klein, PhD, author of "The Science of Happiness"

Passion for the goals we are seeking is the key to both happiness and success

Taking action is easy when we are excited about where we are heading. Our usual barriers to action: fear of failure, fear of success, and whatever other baggage we are carrying around, seem not to operate in the presence of passion.

Stefan Klein (with apologies for the very loose paraphrase) explains that this is because when we are in a state of desire the brain releases dopamine into the body and this spurs us into action - very cheerful action, action you would have to hold us back from taking.

When the passion fades . . .

This all seems great, but then the next morning we go to continue our plan and it looks scary again. Or we don't notice the passion fading and six months later we are beating ourselves up because somehow that goal slipped away.

Passion, desire and excitement only last as long as the dopamine takes to disappear from our bloodstream. If we want to experience them on an ongoing basis, we need to regenerate them again and again.

Regenerating passion is easy

The good news about this is that it's really easy. The trick is to remember this is what you need to do . . .

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Have a great day!

Jennifer Manson.

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