Is your glass half full?

 In Get Involved, Happiness

I’m Luke, one of the founders of Thrive and I’d like to share some of my thoughts with you in case you find them useful and I invite you to share yours with me. Whether or not you subscribe to any kind of faith, there are fundamental human principles that I believe underpin happiness and positivity, and my hope is that at the very least that’s what you take away from this. Similarly, you may have a different worldview and have something very important to contribute, so please do!

My answer is my glass is always completely full! It’s just the balance of substance vs breathing space that it contains which fluctuates, but it is never ever vacuous!

Right now, presently, and always, everything in my life is perfectly balanced for what I can handle. It’s the perfect mix of success, relationships, experiences, challenges, lessons, desires and everything else, all happening serendipitously in order for me to continually become the person I am meant to be. All good.

It’s no accident I think this way. For a decade I’ve filled my head with positive knowledge, and I take care to avoid negativity and mind-numbing garbage. With knowledge, like food, you are what you eat. Garbage in, garbage out.

I’ve found some spiritual teachings that resonate with me and have contributed to shaping my positive perspective. I’ll share just a few here:

 On no soul does God place a burden greater than it can bear. *

The comfort in knowing that no challenge or lesson presented to me, as hard as it may initially seem will ever truly be unbearable.

It may be that you dislike something while it is good for you.**

Anything that happens to me which seems bad initially or feels like a great loss, always has something good or even better comes from it. I am always looking for the positive to reveal itself.

“The life of this world compared to the hereafter is as if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and take it out again then compare the water that remains on his finger to the water that remains in the ocean” ***

Life is so short in comparison with eternity and needs to considered as such, yet prior to understanding this I could not see the grander plan and was easily consumed by the moment.

Life to me is a series of lessons that results in my soul being developed according to how I respond, so I look at everything that happens, good or bad, as something I need to be grateful for and learn from. The best way for me to learn is from a positive, empowering position, and to do this I find the good in everything.

I’m not saying that it never requires effort, in fact I believe it takes conscious effort at choosing positivity and happiness. It gets easier though. Through regular, deliberate practice these will power draining efforts become ingrained habits and your natural programmed responses. Habits are much easier to maintain and are less demanding of our limited will power reserves.

And that I think is the point. By making a decision to be happier and positive everyday, no matter what life presents you, you can deliberately work to develop natural positive responses and habits of happiness, so you always see your cup as full.

When you think about it, we all have our existing habits and programmed responses. It’s up to us whether we are content with the ones we currently have, or if they can be improved. I’m always looking to learn new and better ways, so again I invite you to share yours with me. You can do so either in the comments below or via the contact page.


P.S. We would love you to contribute to this blog if you feel you want to and look forward to hearing from you.

*Source: The Quran Surah Baqarah 2:286
**Source: The Quran Surah Baqarah 2:216
***Source: The Prophet Muhammad (PBU), Sahîh Muslim (2858)

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