Jan 052012

integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, industry, simplicity, modesty, Golden rule, happiness, retirement

“Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness”-Anonymous

Happiness seems to be one of those subjects that has always been intriguing to my readers and me. It is that elusive thought or feeling that we have in our mind. Some people define happiness as a place, such as Florida or a nice warm climate fishing village on the Mediterranean sea. We have this thought in our minds that helps us get through the day-to-day. For others, happiness is a specific time in the future. Some people look forward to the day when they no longer have to do X,Y, and Z. Or they look forward to the day when they will be retired. This concept of retirement is interesting. I define retirement as a state of financial freedom that comes from achieving financial mastery. I think retirement has nothing to do with age or a date somewhere out in the future. Nor does it have anything to do with happiness.

I have been reading a lot on the subject of happiness lately. In “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,”Stephen Covey says happiness is found in things like integrity, humility, fidelity, temperance, courage, justice, patience, industry, simplicity, modesty, and the Golden rule. He says: “these were the basic principles of effective living prior to WWII, and that people can only experience true success and enduring happiness as they learn and integrate these principles into their basic character.”

Although I feel Stephen is right on the money, I found a certain amount of comfort and simplicity in my wife’s refrigerator  quote “Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness.” This quote gives us a clear path to happiness that everyone can relate to. This quote sums up the essence of one of my favorite leadership books “Greater Than Yourself” by Steve Farber.  This quote alone is an inspiration.

How do you define happiness?

More importantly. What change in your life will bring you one step closer to happiness?

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 January 5, 2012  Posted by at 6:00 AM Happiness Tagged with: , ,  Add comments

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