Oscar Wilde once said, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.” The question Kristina raises here is simply, “Do you know what is happiness?”
In this talk from Mindvalley University City Campus in Tallinn 2018, Kristina Mänd Lakhiani talks about the one topic often discussed in personal growth but rarely addressed in everyday conversations.
The following is full text of Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani’s, co-founder of Mindvalley speech.
Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani – TRANSCRIPT
Gratitude is a beautiful example of long-term strategy over instant gratification, because the thing is that when you express gratitude, you do feel a little bit better. But generally it doesn’t make you feel euphoric, ecstatic, joyful. It just makes you feel a little bit better; it shifts your perspective.
But the thing is that there is a research that shows that if you express gratitude on a daily basis for 30 days, your perception of your own happiness goes up 25%. And that’s exactly what I’m talking about. We have to look into long-term strategies which may be in the instant are not as effective but in the long-term they help you raise your set points of happiness.
And you express gratitude for the things that you are grateful for in your work life, your mission, your purpose, in your personal life and for the things that you’re grateful for in yourself.
So this is the exercise we do on a daily basis to raise our set point of happiness.
2. BEING PRESENT
Another methodology which I really love is the idea of being present. And the idea here is that in reality time is an illusion. There is no future, and there is no past. And most of the unpleasant emotions that we feel they have something to do with either the future or the past. If we’re scared, if we’re stressed, it is usually because we are afraid about something that might happen in the future, usually.