Written, Audio and Video from Dr Demartini
1. What does it mean to be happy?
Happiness is the fulfilment of whatever is perceived to be important and partly missing in a person’s life. This missingness is sometimes called a void and the filling of that void is satiation sometimes called happiness. Happiness can range from immediate gratifying pleasures to long term gratifying meaningful objectives, goals or dreams. The more meaningful they are, the greater the fulfilment. The more transient pleasure seeking they are, the less the fulfilment. Every human being has a unique set of voids and values and therefore their happiness will be unique.
2. Why is happiness important?
Happiness in the form of a deeply meaningful fulfilment can help us become grateful, inspired, feel purposeful and strengthen our desire to contribute to humanity. Every human being wants to love and appreciate those that they perceive have contributed to their lives and to be loved and appreciated for who they are. Who they are is an expression of their highest values and the fulfilment of their highest values is the greatest form of ‘happiness’ they can obtain.
3. How does happiness affect our health?
When we ‘happily’ fulfil our highest values, we become most objective, centered, present, poised and empowered. Our brain’s executive center comes online and self-governs and envisions, strategizes and executes what inspires us most. This self-governing capacity moderates extreme emotional biases and volatilities and governs our autonomic nervous system which regulates our physiology. So when we are most fulfilled and inspired, we bring about wellness and wholeness. When we are unfulfilled, unhappy, we become volatile, emotional and our amygdala comes online and expresses our stress response, generating illness. Our illness is a feedback to guide us back to live according to our highest values or priorities where we are most fulfilled. So illness can be perceived as diseases of meaning.
4. Physiologically, what happens to our bodies when we are happy?
When we are happily fulfilled because we are more objective and even mindedness or balanced, our autonomic nervous system comes into balance. We initiate physiological homeostasis and allostasis. Since our central nervous system is the master controller and governor of our entire body, our physiology works coherently and smoothly and gracefully to help us fulfill what is most meaningful to us. Our brain is a highest value ‘telos’ seeking and fulfilling organ. It is doing everything that it can to help us fulfil our lives and it governs our physiology to assist us to do that. Therefore our meaningful happiness spontaneously emerges when we are most authentic.
5. What are some tools your company provides to find happiness?
The Demartini Institute as an educational organization, provides The Demartini Method and Demartini Value Determination and Demartini Value Application to assist people in living according to their highest priorities and values which maximizes their fulfilment and sense of ‘happiness’. These methods reduce emotional volatility and distractions and transform unhealthy distress into wellness correlated eustress.
6. Do you have any studies on happiness you can cite?
Dr Demartini has been presenting educational programs for 43 years one of which is the Breakthrough Experience which has been taught in 60 countries to 10s of thousands of people, assisting them in transforming the experiences that they have perceived as ‘in the way’ to ‘on the way’ from those unfulfilling to those happily fullfilling. Dr Demartini’s work is based on the culmination of cross disciplinary research and consists of over 29000 books, and countless research articles over 43 years.