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Think of your happiness as a personal cause, not a result

        Your happiness is up to you. Happiness is a cause, not a result. Too many people wait for circumstances to make them happy. Instead, you can take proactive steps to create your happiness.

        A good first step is developing an attitude of gratitude for all of the good things in your life right now. Giving thanks on a daily basis for all of your blessings feeds your happiness. Starting each day reviewing the list of all you have to be thankful for is a happiness booster.

        Anger, bitterness, and resentment are toxic to your happiness. Harboring grudges has the same effect. These emotions cause misery which destroys your happiness. You will be happier letting go of any harmful emotions you are now carrying around. Do this by focusing on what’s good in your life rather than how you may have been mistreated by others.

        Stop worrying. Worry is like being in a rocking chair; it’s a lot of activity which doesn’t get you anywhere. Let go of annoyances. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Replace worry with action. Take positive action to bring about your desired outcomes.

        Action causes you to be proactive. Proactive people are happier because they take control of their lives instead of waiting to see what happens. You will be more satisfied when you are actively participating in the direction you want to go.

        Optimism is linked to happiness. Optimistic people are constantly looking for and finding solutions. They have a can-do, possibility mindset. They don’t care about what other people say, think, or do. When you are optimistic you are constantly looking on the brighter side.

        Having clear goals boosts your happiness. They give you purpose and direction. Working towards your own goals is satisfying and fulfilling. It keeps you purpose driven. Goals keep you on track when facing problems, obstacles, or challenges.

        Utilizing your time efficiently makes you happier. It enables you to get more accomplished each day. Wasting time leaves you frustrated. You feel it’s impossible to catch up or get to everything requiring your attention. It is as if you are on a treadmill which is going too fast.

        Setting priorities enables you to make the best use of your time. In so doing, you avoid wasting your time on insignificant tasks. You will be happier when working on your most important objectives. Reset your priorities each day to ensure you are spending your time wisely.

        Find reasons to succeed, instead of making excuses for failure. You will only accomplish those objectives you believe are possible. Accomplishments generate happiness. Each accomplishment also paves the way for additional achievements.

        Happy people tap into their strengths and abilities. They fully utilize all of their assets, instead of lamenting what they feel is lacking. You have a unique set of powerful traits just waiting to be put into action.

        View problems as challenges that have solutions. Use problems as a way to learn, grow, and become stronger. With each problem solved, you are better equipped for the next problem. Happiness is enhanced by your ability to effectively deal with life’s problems.

        Helping others is a great source of happiness. You’ll get a lot of satisfaction assisting others in whatever ways you can. Treat everyone you encounter with courtesy, respect, and kindness. Adding to someone else’s happiness adds to your happiness. Getting someone to smile is a great feeling.

        You are in control of your happiness. Your thoughts and actions matter. Stop doing things which make you unhappy and start engaging in happiness generating behavior.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper. Ó 2018 Bryan Golden

       

 

Universal Income

What do you think of presidential candidate Andrew Yang's proposal for a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for every adult?
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