“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”
Why letting go is the key to happiness? Why did Buddha say that letting go is the key to happiness?
To answer this question, we need to know what does letting go mean.
What Does Letting Go Mean?
It means to stop clinging to memories, thoughts, situations, and people that are causing you pain.
It means accepting that the past is gone and there is no sense in dwelling on it and reliving it in your mind.
Letting go is the act of detachment, forgiveness, and putting down any emotional burden that you are carrying.
Why Does Letting Go Bring a Sense of Happiness
When you let go, you release your grip on the things that make you angry, resentful, and unhappy.
You release attachment to whatever is holding you down.
When nothing holds you down, nothing bothers you, the result is happiness.
When you stop obsessing about what this person said about you and what the other person did, you feel relieved, and the result is happiness.
Forgiving people is also a sort of letting go attitude. It can bring peace and happiness into your life.
Releasing painful memories might not be easy, but it is achievable if your desire and perseverance are strong enough.
When there are no constant painful memories in your mind, there is a sense of relief and happiness.
Letting Go and Inner Peace
Releasing unnecessary and pain inflicting attachments bring a sense of relief.
Releasing attachment to resentment and anger brings a sense of peace.
What does this mean? It means that you should let go of thoughts and feelings that are holding you down, preventing you from making progress, and causing you pain.
Is this possible? Yes. It is, but this requires inner work on your part.
Nobody said it’s easy, though, for some people it would be easier to do than others.
There are various ways to let go, and one of them is the development of a certain degree of emotional detachment.
I don’t want to go deep into this subject here, since it has been the topic of other articles, here, at this website, as well the topic of the book, Emotional Detachment for Happier Life.
Letting Go -The Key to Happiness and Inner Peace
Letting go, inner peace and happiness are interconnected. They affect each other. It’s like a package that go together.
When you are able to let go, the level of happiness and inner peace grows.
It’s very simple. If there are no thoughts and bad feeling bothering you, you feel peaceful and calm. When you are peaceful and calm you feel happy.
Conclusion? Let go and you will be happy and peaceful.
- Is it really important what this or that person said about you?
- Do you gain anything by reliving in your mind past unpleasant events?
Move on! You are hurting yourself physically, mentally and emotionally when you refuse to let go.
This refers to past events, thoughts, ideas and behavior, people and events.
Move on with the flow of life, experiment new things and enjoy the now.
You need to stop refusing to let go and holding strongly to what has hurt you in the past. You need to release the things, situations or people that do you no good. You can, if you really want.
Stop taking things in a personal way, forgive yourself and others, and strive to live in the present. This will make you free, calm and happy.
Letting Go Quotes
“Is it worth your time to dwell on hurts of many years ago?”
“Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”
– Melody Beattie
“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there, are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”
– Ann Lander
“You can always make the choice to let go and start over – you are the one who has to make that decision.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
We can have peace if we let go of wanting to change the past and wanting to control the future. – Lester Levinson
“The time to be happy is now, and the place to be happy is here.”
– Robert Green Ingersoll
“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Inner Peace Quotes
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
– Gerald Jampolsky
“Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
– Dalai Lama