The Universe absorbs the energy we put out. We can emit love, passion, happiness and joy, anger, jealousy, apathy and contempt. If we emit happiness, the Universe receives happiness and is, therefore, happier. This is how quantum physics, religion and spirituality blend.

People tend to go in search of happiness rather than creating it. We think success, material gain, the perfect body and relationships will bring us happiness. These things certainly can bring happiness, but what happens if these things disappear? Does this mean we’re doomed to be unhappy? For some, yes, because they’re not cultivating inner happiness, and we’re each responsible for this.

If creating happiness is new to you, there are simple ways to start. Here are some examples:

  1. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

    A very simple way we can do this is to be thankful and express gratitude from the heart. Feeling grateful weakens the force of negative emotions. What are you grateful for? Just sit quietly with your hand on your heart and start by expressing gratitude for your heart and go from there.

  1. Do more of what you love

    Do what you love as often as possible, provided you’re not causing harm.
  1. Just Be

    Find the time to just ‘be’. To just be with yourself, doing nothing. Or, even better, spend your time journaling. That’s always good!
  1. Remember to laugh

    One minute of anger weakens the immune system for 4 to 5 hours, and one minute of laughter boosts the immune system for 24 hours! I believe the Universe’s favourite music is heartfelt laughter. If you need more laughter in your life, try laughter yoga. It’s really fun and effective. You can even do it alone from the comfort of your own home. Check out laughter yoga on YouTube.

    5. Walk in nature and move

    Even doctors are now prescribing walks in nature for better health! About time too.

  1. Connect with your spiritual self

    My way is through the imagination, dreams, lucid dreams, shamanic lucid dreams, meditation, nature and ceremony.

I’ve noticed a pattern in my life. At certain times during my corporate career, I’ve worked 12-14 hours a day without a weekend off for months. The times I’ve done this, I’ve neglected myself and each time, the result is the same. I become irritable, impatient, negative and unpleasant, and sometimes ill and depressed. One time I developed shingles, and another, I had a terrible throat for about 3 months. The only way I can restore balance and best health is not to work 12-14 hours every day and to make sure there’s time for me and what I love. 

One time, when I’d been working way too many hours for way too many months, I noticed that I didn’t recall my dreams. As a lifelong dreamer, this upset me greatly. I knew the contract would end, so I decided to grin and bear it for the remainder of the project.

A few weeks before the project ended, as I saw the light at the end of a dark tunnel, I had a powerful dream, which put me right back into dreaming and gave me an important reminder. I resumed my spiritual practice and the dreamwork and soon felt on top of things, in more control of myself and generally happier.

I hope these pointers work for you!