HOW THE POWER OF A BELIEF CAN INFLUENCE OUR BEHAVIOR AND THE EVENTS OF OUR LIVES

“ZEN AND THE ART OF HAPPINESS BY CHRIS PRENTISS” is one of the finest books written on the subject of happiness. Some of the interesting teachings of the book are given below

1. Philosophy of Life

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If you believe that something that happens to you is bad, you will react to the events in a way that will cause you more unpleasantness, and the unpleasantness you experience then appears to confirm that what happened was truly unfortunate. However, it was your reaction to the event that caused the continuation of the unpleasantness. We are the ones who invest seemingly bad happenings with the power to seem bad at the time they occur and to continue to seem bad afterward. As William Shakespeare wisely observed, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”.

2. Story of Max

 

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Max owned a thriving sandwich shop. He gave away free pickles, free potato chips, sometimes a free soft drink, and his sandwiches were famous for being overstuffed.

One day his son, who lived in a distant city, came to visit. They had a good visit, but as the son was leaving, he told his father, “Since I have been here, I have been observing how you run the sandwich shop, and I have to tell you for your own good that you are making a big mistake giving away all these extras. The country’s economy is in bad shape. People are out of work, and they have less money to spend. If you don’t cut back on the free items and on your portion sizes, you will be in a bad way before long too.” His father was amazed, thanked his son, and told him he would consider his advice.

After his son left, Max followed his son’s advice. He stopped giving away free items and he cut back on the generous portions of food in his sandwiches. Before long, after many of his disappointed customers had stopped coming, he wrote to his son:”You were right! The country’s economy is in bad shape, and I am experiencing the results of it right here in my sandwich shop!”

An example of HOW THE POWER OF A BELIEF CAN INFLUENCE OUR BEHAVIOR AND THE EVENTS OF OUR LIVES.

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