Science and religion does not always go hand in hand. It is always fascinating to see when a certain scientific discoveries prove and agree on things that religious and spiritual sources have been saying for thousands of years. Recently a scientific study has found some interesting principles of happiness which turned out that they are pretty similar to Buddhist beliefs.
A scientific research published by Yes Magazine has identified some amazing facts which can bring you happiness which also correlates with how Buddhists perceive happiness.
Here are the principle Buddhist beliefs that can make you happier and more contented.
01. Be mindful
Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is the only moment.– Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness can help people manage their mental health or simply gain more enjoyment from life. It involves making a special effort to give your full attention to what is happening in the present moment. You give attention to what’s happening in your body, your mind or your surroundings.
One of the major reasons why people are becoming more and more depressed is because we spend most of our time worrying about what has happened in the past and about what might happen in the future. People always tend to think about “I should have’s” and “what if’s” more than enjoying the present moment. Buddhist teachings emphasize that the present moment is all we have and we should spend each second of it with full awareness.
Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky in her scientific research identified that majority of the participants in her study showed significant increases in happiness and reductions in stress levels when they were made to focus on the present moment.
Therefore we should spend every second in our life mindfully without just going through life in auto pilot mode where our minds travel in opposite directions to the time.