Headspace | Meditation | Why Focus on the Happiness of Others?

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Have you ever wondered why, when you chase after happiness, it seems so elusive? I think most of us do it most of the time There’s an idea that happiness exists somewhere else Not in this moment, maybe in another place, or it’s with another person, just doing something different When we chase after happiness, there’s a movement It’s away from the present moment to another place, to some time other than now And because we move away from the present moment, ironically, we move further away from happiness Because when you think about it, happiness can only exist in this moment Right here, right now And the interesting is that when we focus less on chasing our own happiness and instead focus more on the happiness of others we immediately find ourselves in the present moment So not only are we benefiting others by having a more open, empathetic mind We’re also benefiting ourselves by being more present and experiencing more happiness So the quickest way, the surest way of experiencing more happiness in our lives is to focus more on the happiness of others

 

25 Responses

  1. PJ Bo

    September 6, 2018 12:13 pm

    Focusing more on the happiness of others doesn't mean focusing on 'everyone'. Entertaining the meanies will only make things worse.

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  2. Katherine Brooks

    October 6, 2018 7:46 pm

    once you focus on the happiness of others you become a crazy cat person and your house fills with cats. who doesn't' t want that?

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  3. helefcuk

    October 13, 2018 9:43 am

    I’ve always done that, the problem now is that I’m realizing that even though I always focus on someone else’s happiness, that exact someone never focuses on mine. I don’t do it to get something in return, but realizing that you have thoughts and consideration for people that don’t have it for you is painful.

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  4. Saturday

    October 16, 2018 7:25 pm

    The desire for constant happiness is self destructive.
    You can’t be introspective and review negative events for self critique if you only peruse the goal of happiness.
    A desire for contentment would be more fulfilling.

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  5. Dan Copping

    December 24, 2018 11:14 pm

    This video is a load of rubbish. It advocates messing about with other people's oxygen masks before you've even tried to locate your own.

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  6. Matthew Read

    January 9, 2019 5:39 pm

    I’ve had severe depression for 10 years and I’ve developed the habit “If i can’t be happy, i might as well do my best to make sure everyone else is” but it doesn’t really help my mood much. I feel like it’s my job/duty to help others.

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  7. Devin du Plessis

    March 7, 2019 10:57 pm

    No but I have wondered WHY! The hell! I have to see this rubbish every 2 seconds!! 👎🏿

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  8. Your Average Person

    August 8, 2019 2:54 am

    I'm the guy in my fam, that cares for everyone, well I care for myself, but mostly I focus on other peoples happiness. I make my mother tea everyday, and make everyone breakfast in the morning.

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  9. aba r

    September 13, 2019 1:54 pm

    I like it, thought I get anxious concentrating on other’s people’s happiness because I can forget about my own. I’m working on helping myself right now to better help others and truly experience that gratitude and happy moment.

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