What is needed for a person to experience happiness? Where does its come from – is it triggered by an external event/stimulus or an internal process? Can we learn how to be happy? All of these questions are worth exploring because every human being at their essence seeks happiness.
A great place to start this exploration is at work. We spend most of our waking days at the office and more often that not, we take work home with us. Yet so many of us feel that we are neglecting our happiness and inner growth for the sake of career advancement, material stability, etc. But are happiness and working really mutually exclusive? Is it possible to learn how to activate our centers for happiness/ serotonin and nurture our inner growth wherever we are?
Scientists have proven that there is a center for happiness in our brain. Japanese scientist Satow coined the term as ‘the centre for mirth.’ It is based in the inferior temporal gyrus and, according to Satow, it is the key to enjoying our daily life and in facilitating communication (Satow et al., 2003).
This is great news for all of us wondering if happiness is a myth! It also shows us that achieving a state of happiness comes from the inside not the outside.
So what do we do with this information and how do we activate this center for happiness or ‘mirth’? We obviously cannot physically touch this special center and pills have side-effects and are not a solution for long-term inner happiness. The answer lies in sitting quietly in meditation. It has been shown that meditation has a direct impact on the production of serotonin, a key to making an individual happier and healthier.
MyVincha has developed programs specifically for cultivating and nurturing happiness. The programs focus on affirmations that help regulate breathing, stabilize the nervous system, increase self-compassion and stimulate the center for happiness. The first step is yours. Just close your eyes, follow the steps that we have outlined in a straightforward and accessible way for you, and give yourself the time you deserve to nurture the most important component of your life inside and outside of work – happiness.