Why Should You Be Happy?
How Would You Answer?
These three incidents happened about 11 years ago, within a period of 12-18 months:
Scene 1: Monday morning in a corporate elevator
For a brief moment as if this scene were a movie you could put on pause, my mind deliberated. Am I happy? Sure, I'm happy. Though I do have this and this to deal with. And I suppose that and that could be better. Someone released the pause button and the words "yes, I'm happy" came out of my mouth.
Appearing sincerely impressed by my answer, the woman confessed, "I'm really an unpleasant person." I don't remember how I responded. Did I mention this was before my first cup of coffee?
Scene 2: Car ride home after a second (and final) date
A few blocks away from my neighborhood, he delivered an unsolicited editorial: "I don't think you're really happy." He further explained that while I put up a good front, I couldn't possibly be truly happy because after all, I was single. Oh, brother. Talk about projection!
Scene 3: First date with future husband
As Abraham Lincoln noted, "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
Whichever Word You Choose
Happiness, Joy, Bliss, Contentment. Many have attempted to draw distinctions between these words. Whichever word you choose, it's fair to say that in life, there are passing joys and lasting joys. There are situations and events that affect your happiness, and there is happiness that is sourced from within. Happiness can be a feeling, an attitude, an outlook, or a philosophy. I've come to believe that happiness is also a decision and something you have to own, whether it's your happiness for today or for a lifetime.
Own Your Happiness
I'll have more for you on this topic in the next issue. In the meantime, take a look at this week's call to action and consider what it means to own your happiness.
This Week's Call To Action:
"Never ask, 'What reason do I have to be happy?'
Here's to you,
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