iPhones, tablets and other devices improve our experiences in many ways – but we are the ones who create these experiences in the first place. Here are three ways to find happiness in everyday life beyond the benefits of technology.
- Cherish human connections.
Having instant communication with friends and family worldwide is a remarkable
gift. In mindfulness, however, we can
acknowledge that no digital interaction can surpass face-to-face contact and
physical presence with our loved ones.
- Treasure your ability
to think for yourself. Modern technology allows access to useful and vital
information that helps us solve problems and find creative answers to life’s
challenges. However, this principle can make it easier to duplicate the ideas
of others. We can balance the luxury of instantaneous knowledge with the virtue
of thinking for ourselves, and relying on our own brainpower to be truly
creative and resourceful individuals.
- Learn to be happy as you are. As a rule, nothing you lack in this moment will bring you greater happiness once you possess it. A digital device is a powerful tool, but we should remember that it is just that – a tool. Like any other product you can choose to add to your life, no inanimate object will make you instantly happy or more successful! Happiness exists far beyond the phone you carry in your pocket.
Here is a final thought about life in the iPhone age from Leo Babauta, author of zenhabits and mnmlst:
Think of life before the iPhone existed… Life might have been different, but having this device didn’t change the basic fundamental nature of our lives.
Our devices bring us together, help us find solutions, and many times, they create genuine joy in our daily experiences. Mindfulness in the digital age is not about rejecting any of these ideas – it is simply about realizing that real happiness and peace come from within ourselves, no matter how great the impact of outside resources.