When asked what surprises him most, the Dalai Lama replied:
“Man surprises me most. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present.
The result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
“So what would you advise?” the interviewer asked.
“Simple. Have fun. Why else are you here?” the Dalai Lama replied.
One might think that the Dalai Lama’s advice to “have fun” is rather rudimentary and hedonistic, but research by Dr. Allan L. Reiss at Stanford University Medical Centre, California, shows that “joyful laughter produces the same brain wave frequencies experienced by athletes, artists and entrepreneurs when they are “in the zone” and in a state of heightened creativity and peak performance.”
After having undertaken many years of research into how to lead a “wonderful life”, The Times columnist and Cambridge University psychologist Dr. Nick Bayliss concludes that, “we humans weren’t born to exist, we weren’t born to run, we were born to have fun. Because when we’re having fun, we infect others with the possibility virus and inspire them to do wonderful things and live wonderful lives.”
So how about you go fun yourself, infect others with the possibility virus, and live happily ever laughter?
As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach.
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