Monday, February 21, 2011

Happiness is Your Responsibilty

Who is ultimately responsible for your happiness? Is it your family, your boss, your co-workers, your friends or the world at large? Not at all. The only person responsible for your happiness is YOU.

You have the control on this one. It is not what happens to you or around you that influences your happiness – it is how you choose to react to these events that make the difference. “Bad” things happen to everyone. But if you let them drag you mood and attitude down where do you end up? You end up unhappy and frustrated. You end up having a “long and tiring” day.

I would bet a dollar to a donut that you do not get up each day hoping it will be “long and tiring.” What you really want is a day that leaves you energized and better off at the end than at the beginning. You want to feel that you have really accomplished something each day. That only happens when you are happy.

I recently viewed a CD presentation by Herman Cain (former CEO of Godfather’s pizza) about happy customers in which he credits his minister for defining happiness. In order to be happy you have to have something to love, something to do and something to hope for. You cannot be happy without love in your life, without a purpose in your life and without a dream for your future. It is the interplay of these three things that give value and meaning to our lives, and in which we find happiness.

If you are missing one or more of these three happiness elements you have some serious work to do. You have to determine 1) why they are missing and 2) what you are going to do to add it back into your life. Only you can decide what is or is not important to you. And only you can make sustainable changes to your life in order to bring/keep balance and happiness front and center.

Is it work? – yes. Is it worth it? – hell yes!

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