In a previous post I wrote about Practical Ways To Use the Four Agreements, which was based on Toltec principles. We have lost so much wisdom over the millennia that had been crucial to the well-being of human kind since people began to congregate together. Many ancient cultures did not focus primarily on the emotion of happiness itself, but rather living a meaningful life. They did focus on strengthening their character, which appears to have played a big role in overall happiness.
From Greek to Native American cultures and ancient civilizations hidden from history, we can learn vast amounts of wisdom when it comes to life satisfaction and happiness.
The Greek philosopher Aristotle used a concept called eudaimonia, which loosely translates to “human flourishing” or “a good life.” His recommendation to achieve this “good life” consisted of being kind, humble, wise, and acting with honest intentions. Additionally, developing character traits such as having hopeful outlook, practicing gratitude, being fair and loving would allow one to be “happy” in life.
Aristotle suggested that patience, courage, and living in moderation would greatly benefit your life long happiness as well.
By working on being patient with yourself and others, you can avoid turning something that is a minor irritation into something that provokes anger. This will give you time to ask yourself if your anger helping your situation. On the flip side of that, too much patience can lead to others walking all over you…so balance is key.
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