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Want to increase your happiness? Then you have got to know where you stand on this issue

Want to increase your happiness? Then you have got to know where you stand on this issue Smaller FB

There are people who watch what happens. Then there are the folks who wonder what happened. Finally, there are people who make things happen. Your happiness depends on knowing to which group you belong and whether or not you are content with that choice.

There is no right or wrong or here. There are too many life situations in which all three choices may have some merit. In a relationship with your significant other and at work you may want to be with the folks who make things happen. Being with the other two groups of people will most likely end up with long term problems.

Have you given thought to how to make things happen? The day that you start making a difference will be the turning point for the better. Taking an active role in shaping your life is a potent antidepressant as well as a huge career advancer. Every ever so little step forward will lead to a sense of accomplishment and thus happiness. Ready to give it a try?


Purpose – Never lose sight of it

Last Sunday, our pastor held a great sermon about how a famous basketball player had been so unhappy with his life even though he had everything else he always wished for.  In a nut shell it was the lack of purpose and the guiding hand leading him to it that had been the root cause of his unhappiness.  If your breath can fog a mirror then I venture saying that at least one point in your life or another, you also have been struggling with unhappiness.  Perhaps you are struggling with it right now. 

There are two main reasons why we do not ponder what our purpose is to begin with.  Barely being able to make ends meet is almost guaranteeing you making it on to the slippery slope of perpetual unhappiness.  In order for you to ponder the question of your life’s purpose and to actively pursuing it requires quiet time.  Not only audibly but also mental quietness.  Fewer thoughts are better and deeper thoughts.  That can be a stretch if your brain is cluttered with worries how to provide for yourself and family.  Second biggie is that you treat happiness as a final goal, a final destination.  Happiness describes a snap shot in time when that occurs and we treat it as if permanent and long term happiness is even attainable.  Celebrities get to “enjoy” a caveat of this in that they are surrounding by “friends” that tend to tell them what they want to hear instead of having the candor to say what needs saying.  Happiness describes the path and not the final destination. 

Happiness’ foundation is purpose.  Make sure to take time pondering what yours is.  One way to do this is to close your eyes and think about what activities and people give you energy.  When are you in a state of flow?  That happens when you are losing track of time and it is so much fun and gives you lots of intrinsic motivation.  You are getting mighty close to your purpose – the reason why you are here. 


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