Buddhism which is based on the teachings of the great man called Buddha, is more of psychology than religion as some of us think.
On the positive psychology side, Buddhism places more priority on the invaluable qualities as must-have for happiness and well-being, other than spending time researching the causes and effects of depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, compulsion and other mental disorders which some researchers and thinkers do.
the exclusive focus on pathology that has dominated so much of our discipline results in a model of the human being lacking the positive features that make life worth living,” says Dr. Martin Seligman, a former president of the American Psychological Association.
In Buddhism and as earlier suggested by BuddhaGroove, the following six perfections are considered “invaluable qualities,” and are regarded as some of the routes to securing happiness and well-being:
Buddhists consider giving without selfishness as the first perfection. A loving intent is what brings about a true generosity; any gift given without love and a genuine intention to help is considered to bring about a harmful effect.
According to the Buddhist, the intention to live ethically is the first help. It includes refraining from negative acts, assisting others and always seeking the positive things. Though some harmful acts being carried out by us may not be intentionally, such as jocularly wishing someone ill will, but, the doers are advised to make a vow, and also work on making a change.
Components of skillful patience can include enduring a hard time with dignity, acknowledging that those doing wrong are doing the best they can to be better and also being patient with your own path to enlightenment.
With joyful endeavor, you can be enthusiastic while pursuing enlightenment (the ultimate truth in life), and this also will help reduce your suffering during perseverance.
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One who meditates regularly secures not only the ability to be the watcher, but the manager of thoughts and emotions. Every practitioner is given the opportunity to see the difference between the mind’s activity and one’s true nature.
This perfection which is regarded as one of the qualities of a complete life, comes from meditation, education and self-study.