I recently read 22 Things Happy People Do Differently and it made me think about happiness in relation to those who practice yoga. At YoKid we see how yoga calms and creates a space for happiness to grow within. For each one of the 22 things a happy person does differently, I could relate it to the time spent on the mat. One of the basic tenets of yoga is to treat others with kindness:
Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.33 – In relationships, the mind becomes purified by cultivating feelings of friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion for those who are suffering, goodwill towards those who are virtuous, and indifference or neutrality towards those we perceive as wicked or evil.
I have found that gratitude is a key to happiness; that being thankful for what you have and a willingness to share it with others (gratitude coupled with generosity) always makes your heart lighter and your life better. Melody Beattie wrote “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Yoga does the same thing – it allows us to experience the fullness of life and to realize that we already have everything we need. And when you realize that, you can start to be deeply happy.