Pursuit of Happiness: It’s All in Your Head

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(DGIwire) — When the question, “What do you most want in life?” is posed, it doesn’t take people too long to reply—because for many, the answer is simply, “To be happy.” Happiness is something everybody wants. Some people manage to maintain a good grasp on happiness while others struggle to hang on to it.

In a society that grows more complex every day, it can be difficult to maintain a positive outlook and happy frame of mind. According to a recent Harris Poll, only one-third of American adults are “very happy.” In order to find happiness, today’s challenge is to overcome the obstacles created by the complexities of our society like economic instability, constantly changing technologies, war, work, illness and relationship issues. Each individual has their own unique happiness scale, and there are things that everyone can do to assist themselves in their personal pursuit of happiness. However, the responsibility lies within individuals to monitor and control their happiness levels.

The secret to being happy is not in your wallet, but rather in your head. Harry Edelson, the legendary financial analyst and author of the new book Positivity: How to Be Happier, Healthier, Smarter, and More Prosperous, believes the key to happiness comes from within—specifically, from within your mind. Edelson believes everyone has the ability to be happy as long as they want to be, and he is personally happy and healthy 100% of the time.

“Happiness comes from within, so we must not let external forces create unhappiness,” Edelson writes. “Happiness is a state of mind, but what exactly is a mind? It is not a physical thing that is found in the human body; the mind emanates from the brain, but no one knows exactly how. A state of well-being and contentment comes from the mind, not the brain, and fortunately humans have the ability to control their minds.”

In his book, Edelson describes the mind as the part of our being that creates thoughts, feelings, emotions and memories. It is the mind that ultimately gives individuals the power to take control of their emotions, focus on the positive and decide to be happy. The mind is a very powerful tool, and when exercised to manage one’s mood has the power to significantly impact their life. Those individuals who opt to use their mind to harness the power of positivity can feel happier and healthier as a result.