Secrets to Happiness and Living the Dream

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Secrets to Happiness begin with the realization that Happiness means different things to diverse people. What makes one person happy, may make another sad, and another indifferent. Here’s the Happiness Place Song of the Day: Lovely Day by Bill Withers!

Take a moment to smile!

  • good times
  • time with friends
  • getting your first car/new car
  • a special date with a special someone
  • cool life experiences

Make the corners of your face move upward if you have to. Then think for a moment, What makes you smile? Is it cat videos? Does watching funny movies make you smile? Is it romantic comedies that makes you happy inside? Are happy times with family and friends what makes you smile? Or, is there something else that brings a happy feeling to you? Does ice cream make you smile? How about shaved ice cones on a hot day on a beach on a tropical island?

What are things that you can begin today that will make you happy today?

What can you do right now, that will make today better for you? Count your blessings. Seriously, what good things are happening to you, or happening around you today? Are there friends, associates, opportunities, that you can utilize to achieve worthwhile goals for today? Even a good nap, sometimes alleviates pain. Going for a brisk walk, can help to clear the cobwebs from one’s mind. A simple snack, a funny cartoon, sometimes can lighten the mood.

What are things that you can plan for today that you can continue to enjoy tomorrow?

Success comes in a plan. Sometimes you need to set goals:

  1. Short term:    From now to 3 months from now
  2. Mid term:        From 3 to 6 months from today
  3. Long term:     From 1 year into the future

Begin working on the brighter future of your own design, and your own imagination.

The secret to Happiness is inside you. You need to flesh it out. What will make you happy? Put pen to paper and chart your course. Choose, decide, and plan. Start today, and you’ll be living the dreams, you choose, and that you want.

 

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Happiness Is Living Your Dreams — What is it you have always dreamed to do or achieve?

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Happiness is Living Your Dreams! What is it you have always wanted to do in life? Make a list. Some folks call it a BucketList. They even made a movie about it. By the way, here is the late Roger Ebert’s review of The Bucket List.

But, seriously make a list of life goals and take a look at them every 4 months or so, just to see how you are doing with your goals.

Here is an image of the Tesla Model S

What type of transportation do you always wish you had? Where would you go? How might you travel?

Where would you dream to live? How would you live? What type of home?

Will you travel? If so, then where? This is an image of a hotel in Aspen:

Do you have health and wellness goals? Would you lose weight? Do you want to gain body mass, and body strength? Are you slimming down dress sizes, or trying to fit into a suit you used to wear?

Goals need to have due dates attached to them, and quantifiable amounts, so that we can tell when we have reached the goal.

Give it some deep thought over time. Decide what you want, and how you can accomplish your personal, and professional goals.

What are some ah-ha moments for you, as you went through or are going through this process? Share them with us in the comments area of the blog. If you do, we may publish some of them on the blog, to stimulate more conversation. Cheers!

Can Money Make You Happier? It’s a safe bet…

 

When it comes to Happiness, it is a safe bet that access to money or resources plays a role. Things that money will buy can make you feel better. Like in the above music video by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars: many of us want to a billionaire, so… bad.

Buying things that make you feel successful are the pursuit of happiness for some people. Having the things that bring joy to you and your family are meaningful. Having cars, clothes, houses, and items of prestige help many to define their lives. But, I found an interesting article that shows how saving can lead towards happiness.

Saving for a goal although it may forego immediate gratification, can make one feel happy. Knowing that you are working towards a goal, that is part of a greater plan for your life, may make you feel happy about what struggles you may go through in the short term.

Saving money and investing in real estate, stocks, or education, have been historical paths to wealth and prosperity. Wealth has proven to make some people happier, though we don’t want to believe it’s true. This episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, entitled “The Cars of Tomorrow” has rare cars and real estate that might make one dream of what they would do with added riches.

Should you feel bad that someone is wealthy and you may not be? Heck no! Find a way to make the best life for yourself, now, today, and into your future. What you have, may not seem to be a lot, but it may be a lot to someone else.  If you are wealthy today, why not consider helping others less fortunate than yourself. For example, donating money to create a scholarship at your alma mater, or another school that does something for others that you think is meaningful.

Donating gently worn or “vintage” clothing to thrift stores will help those less fortunate than yourself. Sometimes you may even find something that you will like, too.

Giving to institutions that are well known to help others is fine, but how can you make a difference with limited funds? If your library or makerspace has been particularly gracious to you, why not donate funds to advance their progress. I remember the story of an individual who said he benefitted greatly from the public library system, He then donated liberally to it after he became wealthy. Timothy Sykes, wrote, “Ten Ways to Be a Stock Market Millionaire”, that has ideas to get started in investing.

What would you do with great wealth? Who would you help? What would you change? How would you make value? What worth would it bring? Would it make you happier? Write about it in the comments section. I will include some comments with this article. It is safe to say that Jay Leno, former host of the Tonight Show, is excited about vehicles. Here is an interesting video of Jay Leno’s Garage that shows what one person can do with great wealth.

How would great wealth influence your life, write about it in the comments.

 

Happiness is for you…

Happiness means different things to different people. The Happiness Place is a place to explore things that make you feel better than before. Happiness often is the opposite of sadness. Wealth rather than poverty. Health rather than sickness. Wellness rather than malaise. “Joy rather than pain. Sunshine rather than rain”, as in the song made popular by the musical group Frankie Beverly and Maze.

What makes one happy? Technology promises to make our lives better. With advances in voice control, security systems, better computing, tablets, smart tvs, tablets, virtual reality, drones, cars, trucks, real estate, trips, vacations, etc. Do we feel happier with new and better technology? Absolutely! Improve your technology, and improve your happiness. This is true for most people. Time saving devices make your life easier, and reduce stressful situations from day to day.

Sometimes happiness is derived from something you do. An interesting article from WebMD.com highlights things we all can do to be happier in our lives.

Sometimes happiness is a pursuit. Like chasing a dream, or accomplishing a lifetime goal, happiness can be found here. Actor Will Smith’s movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” offers a glimpse into this type of Happyness.

Sometimes happiness is found in a place. A place that makes you feel happy, appreciated, and accepted. Maybe a place far away from the stressers that haunt you. Maybe it’s time to plan a trip. I’m just sayin’.

The Happiness Place.com is a place to find and keep the happy flowing. Come back again and again. Welcome to the Happy!