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The Power of Thought

In my last article, I introduced the common fault that most people fall victim to in their search for happiness. In this article, I would like to examine the effect of thought on well-being and happiness. James Allen, the famous British philosopher who was one of the pioneers of the self-help movement, and later inspired motivational thinkers like Napoleon Hill and Dale Carnegie, once said, “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the sum of all his thoughts”. A thought is like a seed in the garden of our minds. Planting good seeds will cultivate a beautiful and flourishing garden while planting bad ones will lead to one riddled with weeds and undesirable byproducts. The Buddha in his discourse on the eight-fold path, described right thought as the basis for a virtuous life. He explained that right thinking can help us eliminate our suffering and bring us lasting peace and well-being while deluded...

What is True Happiness?

Most people are led to believe, at a very young age, that happiness comes from satisfying their desires. A thought of craving comes up, you then react by trying to satisfy that desire, and its consummation gives rise to a pleasurable sensation, which we often associate with happiness. Take for instance, Sunny, a restless, hyperactive young boy heading home in his mom’s minivan after soccer practice. They pass by a park and Sunny sees some children eating ice cream. Sunny immediately gives rise to the thought of how refreshing a double scoop of ice cream would be in this scorching summer heat. He begins to arouse a desire. His craving is finally satisfied when his mother gives in to his incessant whining. When Sunny takes that first bite into frosty wonderland, his whole body is soothed and he feels completely at ease with himself. Sunny is very happy at this moment, until his attention is hitched by...
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