By Local Unnie
Why do we feel that we are not happy?
The remarkable development of the Internet and digital devices has made our lives very convenient. Work patterns have changed. The speed of work has also accelerated. But on a slightly different side, we can notice that these innovations are tightly chopping our daily lives. We put our smartphones on hand most of the time. We need to check our business e-mails everywhere, and receive instant messages on weekdays and even on weekends. This lifestyle is depriving our happiness and allowance under the name of “faster, more inventive, shortest time, and maximum effect”.
Technology is not the answer. It is also not the problem. What matters instead? Awareness, Engagement, and Wisdom.
About the Author:
Soren Gordhamer works with individuals and groups on living with greater mindfulness and purpose in our technology-rich age. He is founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, and the author of Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Secrets for the Creative and Constantly Connected (HarperOne, 2009), one of the first books to explore living with mindfulness and wisdom within the context of our modern technology age.
As project director for Richard Gere’s public charity, Healing the Divide, he organized The Healing through Great Difficulty conference with his Holiness, the Dalai Lama. He has been featured in various media, including GQ Magazine and Newsweek.com, and has taught mindfulness programs everywhere from youth in New York City juvenile halls, to trauma workers in Rwanda, teachers in Nigeria, and to staff at US technology companies.
He spent a year walking through parts of the United States, India, Pakistan, and Japan as a part of the Global Walk for a Livable World. He later founded the New York City-based non-profit, The Lineage Project, which offers awareness-based practices to at-risk and incarcerated teens. [Source: Official Site of Soren Gordhamer]
Want to Be Happier? Pay Attention!
- We are losing concentration. As the transmission of information gets easier (no constraints in transmission of information), we became information overloaded. As we lose focus, we became less mindful.
- Focus and pay attention on what you really want. However, the tendency of human beings is to lose focus as time passes and as they are exposed in information.
- Most of us ALWAYS look for something new. That is why we lose focus but looking for something new means wrong.
- Technology is not everything. Most of people are connected with each other through SNS. Technology is beneficial and cool in many aspects but its essential aspect is empty. I believe that the people are still connected with each other (assuming they know each other) even though they do not call or send messages to each other. Disconnected because you did not contact them everyday? I think if that is the case, something is REALLY wrong. (May be not connected from the very first)
- Time to relax. Getting stress depends on how you perceive it.
- Do one thing one at the time. What measures happiness is not what you do right now. It is how much are you paying attention on the things you are doing right now.
- Act first before words. Despite we know what is good to us, it makes no sense if we do not put them into an action. If you know what will make you happy, put that into an action. You Only Live Once. Live your life.
- Manage your time. Don’t be in a hurry. Life is short. The more you are in a hurry, the more stress you will get. Take a deep breath and take time to look around.
I recommend this book to people who do not always have time since they are busy, people who keeps on doing something but has low efficiency, people who always gives their best but does not live a happy life, and people who cannot afford composure.
The usual thing that we know might be on this book but as you take time to read, you will realize it again.
After going through this book, I make a promise to myself, who highly relies on the smart phone, will try to minimize using it.
Even you do not have a room for composure, make a room for composure.
Let’s all live in a world full of happiness in a way how you perceive. 🙂