April 28 – Learning by doing

While reading the “Happiness Hypothesis” today I stumbled upon a quote by Aristotle:

“Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.”

It sounds very logical that we learn skills by practicing them, but somehow in our minds that doesn’t transcend to developing qualities in ourselves. Very often when we react in a way that is not the best we say”that’s how I am”, ” can’t change” but that is completely not true. We are alive and a part of this is our bodies changing constantly. Our thoughts as well. That means that our behavours, attitudes and qualities can change. And just how empowering is that!

So next time when you are not happy with yourself, instead of feelings bad and hopeless- remember that you can always improve and become a better version of you. And give it a try 🙂

For more insights from the ‘Happiness Hypothesis” – have a look here 🙂

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