Covid, inflammation, unemployment… It seems that fear is indeed the crisis of the century. But in this storm, some look to happiness regardless. So how to do it, in what ways to cultivate happiness, how to take charge of yourself and cultivate the art of yourself in a highly degraded context? This is the theme of the show Disputandum.
If happiness is protean, then there are several paths to achieve it. Happiness represents both a state of good health and well-being, a state of fulfillment and serenity. Happiness can be found if you stop fighting your fears and welcome them. And finally, happiness is the “ability to see the future”, according to the psychoanalyst Frederic Duplessy.
But in a society that has to face successive crises in the short term, it is not easy to cultivate this notion of happiness. “During the glorious thirties, that is to say in the sixties, we were lucky enough to be able to see far for our children, we could change our social status from one generation to another, we could, despite the inflation, owning a house and crossing the street to change jobs or stay in a company for life. Today, it is more difficult and we go from one hysteria to another with information from Covid, to Ukraine, to energy“.
Zone of constraint and zone of influence
So how do you take action in a context that is not conducive to meeting happiness? According to life coach Emma Le Bail, it’s about making the difference between your “constraint zone” and his “area of influence”.
For example, queuing for an hour at a gas station is a constraint zone. It’s not up to us. Conversely, its area of influence is defined by the ability to act on it. “It allows you to know how a fear is real, true and useful. Thus, we realize that among all the fears that we can go through, no more than 10% of them are really useful fears”, continues Emma Le Bail. It is therefore towards its zones of influence that it is a question of placing its energy.
The fear that prevents happiness is also and above all a matter of the body. We say well “fear in your stomach”, “to have a knotted belly”, “to put the spleen in the court-bouillon” Where “to be worried”. We literally feed our fear because our microbiota feeds our emotions (the microbiota is all the microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, parasites and non-pathogenic fungi in our belly).
Thus, the intestinal microbiota would also take part in the communication between the intestine and the brain and influence brain function.. No wonder when we know that our instinct also houses a considerable number of neurons, estimated at 200 million. This enteric nervous system communicates closely with the central nervous system. This is why the intestine is often called our second brain. Taking care of it would improve mood and access to well-being. Consider that 95% of serotonin -a neurotransmitter regulating mood, anxiety or even learning- is produced in the intestine and takes part in the exchanges between the brain and the intestine via the vagus nerve.
In short, happiness goes through the belly and, as the nutritionist Sandra Guignot, “today, between this anxiety-provoking context and the modification of the soil linked to the Industrial Revolution, we have on our plate vitamins and minerals that are less rich than the diet before and that’s why we turn towards food supplements. This requires support“.
Food supplements, herbal medicine, naturopathy, there are many approaches to taking care of our diet provided they are accompanied by recognized professionals.
Good news, we are all equipped with a mouth, a throat and lungs for a common purpose, to laugh! Each episode of laughter helps the body lower blood pressure, facilitates the passage of blood and oxygen through the arteries of the heart, and rebalances the autonomic nervous system. The benefits of laughter are so numerous that a practice called Laughter Yoga has developed in France thanks to Fabrice LOIZEAU, founding president of the French Institute of Laughter Yoga. “Life does not always bring us beautiful things. We have to play with it and find solutions. When we laugh, in our head it is impossible to think about our worries or worries; when we laugh, our body breathe deeply and then it is impossible to have muscle tension. And if the muscle is relaxed, the cortex is relaxed.”
All you need is 15 minutes of continuous laughter to trigger the hormones of happiness and put the life of our body in motion.
Happiness is not easy and perhaps the challenge of a lifetime. Happiness does not last indefinitely but is practiced. These joys added to each other allow us to free ourselves from our protective barriers that limit us. In this sense, happiness could well be the learning of autonomy and self-knowledge.
Disputandum, “happiness despite everything” presented by Jeanne Baron with:
- Emma Le Bail, Life Coach
- Sandra Guignot, Nutritionist
- Frédéric Duplessy, Psychoanalyst
- Fabrice LOIZEAU, founding president of the French Institute of Laughter Yoga
Find the Disputandum program on France.tv
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