“How many of us can recall that childhood moment when we experienced happiness as a state of being, when everything in our world was alright?” – Hector and the Search for Happiness
Here’s a question for all of you reading this: Is happiness elusive? Why does it seem that we are always in pursuit of it? Every year, Hollywood would release movies that build and center on the search and pursuit of happiness. The protagonist would go on a journey of self-discovery and come to this conclusion: Happiness will always be within reach, if you want it.
But life’s full of complexities. As we navigate and come of age in our lives, we experience a myriad of emotions at different stages of our lives that inevitably shape who we are and how we deal with things. Disney Pixar’s latest animation “Inside Out” is a pretty good movie that explores what goes through the human mind when emotions set in. Why do we feel a certain way and make the decisions that we do? Can both Joy and Sadness work together to build a happy being?
Of course, there’s a whole science behind the art of happiness, beyond what movies can momentarily drive home a good lesson in positive psychology. When it all comes down to it, a lot of it has to do with perception and choice. The great quote by Oscar Wilde – “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars” – sums it up pretty well. When placed in challenging situations, different people will react differently based on their emotion quotient, environment, life experience, expectations and such. But it’s your choice to focus on the positive, and find magic in the most mundane things to make your life a better one.
Positive thinking empowers; and life is all about the choices you make. Don’t be afraid of living. If life is about choosing your own adventures, be sure to live one that you would love to tell your grandchildren.
The School of Positive Psychology is giving away 20 pairs of movie tickets to “Inside Out” on September 7, 715pm at GV Plaza Singapura. Head on to the official Facebook Page and find out how you can score free passes to the movie!