Pursuing Happiness – An engaging discussion with the Dalai Lama and others

This is one podcast that I’d encourage everyone to listen to, regardless of race, religion or belief.

The DALAI LAMA of TIBET , JONATHAN SACKS , SEYYED HOSSEIN NASR and KATHARINE JEFFERTS SCHORI discuss what it means to be happy. It’s a serious discussion, but is conducted in such an engaging manner, you wouldn’t want to stop listening to it.

The edited version is about 50 minutes long and is well worth the time spent!

Gratitude

ThanksIt is very easy to complain and list all the things that are wrong with our lives or in the world around us. Unfortunately the more we dwell on this, the easier it is to get deeper into this kind of thinking. None of us are immune to these moments, but practising gratitude is one way of bringing us out of this rut and appreciating all the good things in our lives.

We are blessed with many wonderful things, such as family and friends, good health, happiness, wealth, opportunities, and so on. What we is need is to find a way of acknowledging these wonderful things in our lives and be grateful for what we have.

Some ways in which I practise gratitude are:

  • As part of my morning prayers, being grateful for a new day and for the opportunities that lie ahead.
  • At the end of the day, writing down 3 things that I am grateful for today. This could be something nice that happened to me, for having an opportunity to do something nice for another person, and for the people who made my day (and life) special. The list is virtually endless, but it really depends on how you reflect back on your day.
  • Prepare a list of things that I am grateful for. This is like a cheat sheet if you may, for those moments when I feel down or disheartened.

Here are a couple of things that I’d like to share with you, to inspire you on this journey of gratitude.

First is an article Be Grateful More Often  from the Harvard Business Review shows some surprising findings on how gratitude can play a major part in our lives, but also how we can make an impact in the lives of others around us.

And second is an inspirational video on gratitude

Tools to plan your Life and your Year ahead

Life Goals

As mentioned in my first post for 2014, I set time aside to review the year gone by and plan the year ahead and align them with my life goals. Following are some authors who have published useful articles, videos and other resources that can help you get started on your journey.

I use a combination of Mind Maps, Excel spreadsheets and a Task Management software to help me plan, action and track various activities I need to accomplish in order to reach my goals.

Annual Reviews & Goal Setting:

Chris Guillebeau (Art of Non-Conformity) http://chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/
Scott Meyer (9Clouds) http://9clouds.com/blog/

Life Plan

In addition to the above, Michael Hyatt also has a guide to creating your own life plan which I encourage you to read.

Recommended Podcast – Michael Hyatt

podcastAs someone recently converted to the world of podcasts, I thought I’ll share with you one that I have found great value in – not just for business but also personally.

Michael Hyatt is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and an author who regularly blogs and podcasts on the topics of Leadership, Management and Personal Development. If you’re interested, his blog ishttp://michaelhyatt.com.

You can also subscribe to his podcast titled “This Is Your Life” athttps://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/this-is-your-life-michael/id502414581?mt=2.

Happy Listening!

PS: Let me know if you have a favourite podcast. I might just end up subscribing to it, and recommending it as well.