How Meditation Affected My Happiness

Topics: Meditation, S. N. Goenka, Mantra Pages: 2 (805 words) Published: May 20, 2013
April 4,2013

How Meditation Affected my Happiness

Mahatma Gandhi said "I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one". Meditation was the first thing that came to my mind, when thinking about ways to increase happiness; It gives you the opportunity to find inner harmony and the ability to handle situations in a positive way. This experiment is going to last two weeks, in which I will meditate everyday around nine am for twenty minutes, and record my level of happiness on a scale from one to ten before I go to sleep. The obstacle I may face with this experiment is that I have never meditate before, so I could be doing it the wrong way, affecting my results. On the other hand, if everything goes according to plan, I expect that meditation will help me improve the way I handle stressful events, in return increasing my happiness. The first week of my experiment was from March eighteenth until the twenty- fourth. The first day I decided I was going to meditate in my room because it is usually a quiet place. Before I began to meditate, I decided to watch a YouTube tutorial video on how to meditate, because this was the first time I was doing it. First the video showed that you could either sit or lay down on the floor. Then you are supposse to close your eyes and begin to inhale and exhale deeply. I decided to sit down on the floor and began the meditation for twenty minutes, following the instructions of the video. It was a different experience, but I was not completely relaxed at the end of it and it was probably because I was wearing jeans instead of more confortable clothes. Day one and two my happiness level was three. These two days I felt exhausted by all the studying I had to do for one of my tests and meditation helped me reduce the stress for a while, but when I though about the test, I was stressed again. Day three I ranked my level of happiness as a six. I practiced meditation before going to class and take...
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