I watched this TED video Dan Gilbert asks: Why are we happy? as a break during a very early breakfast. I thought his presentation on the idea of Synthetic happiness was very interesting. The idea that we, as humans, can orient ourselves to be happy with our current state. This is only when things are not reversible in some cases, as he points out.
After pondering this I wonder if the ‘planning for tomorrow’ syndrome that people have disturbs this synthetic happiness. Meaning, ‘Enjoying the Moment’ / ‘the Present’ / etc .. is not just a cute saying, but a bio-chemical reaction. To not do so, is to rob ourselves of happiness. This happiness requires no stimulation or outside forces, but is rather a personal choice in the moment.
I would challenge you to see yourself in the moment, and in an age where we are constantly on mobile devices planning the “next bar”, “meet with other friends”, “better party”, “more interesting study” .. etc.. STOP. Maximize the moment you are in. Sometimes sitting still is not sitting still.