Sunday, September 27, 2009

YOU ARE KIDDING, RIGHT? Money? And Happiness?

Some things just don't make a heck of a lot of sense. This photo, for instance, which hails from the southern U.S. of A. is a picture of irony.

So is Money and Happiness, though you might not have guessed that.

Suprising as it may seem, study after study has shown that once an individual's or family's income is high enough to meet the basic needs of food, clothes, shelter and the like, then income and happiness are NOT directly related at all!

The point here is clear: it is tough to be happy if you're living under a bridge and have no access to your next meal.

Having said that, the other side of the happiness coin is this: it is also true that it matters not if you drive a 1972 Pinto or a 2010 Cadillac. Okay, maybe the Pinto is a bad example, what with its habit of exploding on rear impact... but you get the gist of my point.

Indeed, someone very wisely once said: "Anyone who thinks that having a lot of money can buy you happiness OBVIOUSLY has never had a lot of money!"

Those are words to bank on!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What is happiness?

Everyone in the world wants to be happy.

Well, do you know anyone who does NOT want to be happy?

As I understand it, the problem is that many of us end up creating scenarios in our minds about what it means to be happy. One of the most common is: "Just let me make a lot of money, then I'll be happy." Or maybe, "Let me pay down my mortgage," or again, "Once I get a new car..." THEN I WILL BE HAPPY.

Have you noticed we have a tendency to defer happiness until some point in the future? Seems like we are, or most of us are, really good at making excuses about why we are NOT happy. As if happiness depends on something that the future promises.

And herein lies the problem and the solution!

The problem is self-evident. The solution is that we need to remember that most of happiness comes from carrying and cultivating a healthy attitude, no matter the circumstances, no matter what seems to be missing.

The idea, then, is to appreciate -truly appreciate- what you have, NOT worry or obsess about what you don't have.

Practiced wisely, this point alone will help you experience happiness more deeply and more often!

Therefore, be careful about what you allow your mind to think about -- because the truth is, we feel what you think!

Happy trails!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Happy Gilmore

In this movie, Adam Sandler plays "Happy," a lackluster, wanna-be hockey player-turned golf pro.

And while I wouldn't recommend the movie for the younger crowd because of some scenes of violence, temper tantrums, and so on - wait, this does sound a bit like hockey - Happy Gilmore does one thing that comedies are supposed to do: it makes you laugh!

And, as the adage goes, laughter is the best medicine.

Which I suppose means belly laughter is the best surgery.

I think I will coin that one, right here, right now!

Ahem, "If laughter is the best medicine, then belly laughter is the best surgery!"

Thank you. Thank you very mush!

Happy Sunday night, everyone!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Book Release in sight!

After four years of work, I'm very happy to announce that The Core of Happiness is off to the printers very soon!