Normally, when we go to a restaurant we are given a menu and are expected to choose what we want to eat. We don’t say to the waiter, “just give me anything.” To most people, that would seem ridiculous!
Surprisingly, however, when it comes to our experience with life in general, many of us move through life without a unified purpose and without taking the time to reflect on what is truly important. A wiser course would be to prioritize a formal reflective practice called insight meditation that allows you to determine what you want out of life and how to go about experiencing it.
Simply put, most of us have a choice in how we experience life, whether we are going to establish habits that lead to more suffering or whether we are going to encourage habits that make us and those around us happy. Considering that we have that choice, why not make mindfulness a habit and choose happiness?