Don’t worry, be happy!”
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Hi REBT Mates!
At the risk of being a bit high falutin, even a bit off topic, there is (apparent) conflict between equally venerable traditions which emphasize doing and those which emphasize being. Neither can be proven to be absolutely correct or incorrect. However, frenetic, intense physical and mental activity has gotten us to the Moon (to use that as a archetype for all human progress, individually and collectively), but it comes at a terrible cost, and may ultimately bring us to the point of extinction. Why not? Plenty of species go extinct when they over-populate, pollute their habituate and consume all available food.
But whatever happens, certainly everyone can benefit from dropping out of the rat race from time to time to think about, appreciate, even savor being in the moment . . . whether than is for a few breaths several times a day, or a few hours now and then, or a few days or more.
“Happiness Trap” by Russ Harris is an excellent introduction to ACT : Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to learn something about mindfulness and how values effect our “happiness.” Russ also makes the point that chasing after “happiness,” at least in the way that most of us use that word is a kind of trap . . . but one we can learn to escape from and come closer to discovering “true” happiness.
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