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Four Questions to Happiness (And Video Interview with Byron Katie)

thoughts are not facts infographicA while back I decided to try an experiment.

I interviewed over 20 top leading experts in the field of happiness to ask them what that word actually meant and in their professional experience, what are some practical ways to begin making it a reality.

This was called the Uncovering Happiness Symposium and some of the people interviewed included Sharon Salzberg, Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson, Jack Kornfield, Dan Harris, Kelly McGonigal, Tara Brach, Byron Katie and more. Byron Katie struggled throughout her life with deep deep depression and ultimately found a path that led her to a simple way to break free from the internal negativity and into greater states of freedom.

She defined this as happiness.

Here are the four questions to ask ourselves to help challenge compelling negative thoughts:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
  3. How do you react when you believe that thought? Take a moment to feel into it.
  4. Who would you be without that thought?

 

In doing this practice, you come to understand just how many of our thoughts are simply not true. Yet, these thoughts change the way we see things and how we react in this world.

If our thoughts are going to have that much influence on us, they’re certainly worth checking them out.

However, before you can even make the decision to check them out, you need to become aware of them and step outside of them for a moment.

When we intentionally practice and repeat these four questions they can be quite powerful.

If you want to get a deeper grasp, here is an opportunity to simply watch the entire interview for free with Byron Katie talking about Four Questions to Happiness. 

Warmly,

Elisha Goldstein, PhD

PS – Right now as a pre-holiday gift, I want to also give you access to the entire Uncovering Happiness Symposium with all the incredible speakers at 50% off. Enroll here or find out more.

Four Questions to Happiness (And Video Interview with Byron Katie)

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is creator of the six month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations. Join The Now Effect Community for free Daily Now Moments and a Weekly Newsletter. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles.


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Goldstein, E. (2015). Four Questions to Happiness (And Video Interview with Byron Katie). Psych Central. Retrieved on December 17, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2015/10/four-questions-to-happiness-and-video-interview-with-byron-katie/

 

Last updated: 6 Oct 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Oct 2015
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