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Friday, October 16, 2009

Three steps to greater happiness

In "The Core of Happiness" and in my talks on happiness, I divide what I understand to be the full story into three component parts.

The first is about understanding what happiness is and what it is NOT. Let's remember that life is packed with situations in which we are told what is going to make us happy. "Buy these Kinsu Knives and you will be so productive and happy in the kitchen! And, if you act now, we'll even throw in a set of Kinsu ceramic gnomes -- a great addition to any front lawn!!" Truthfully only you have the key to understanding your personal realm of contentment, peace, and happiness. Truly knowing yourself - and knowing what personal happiness means to you - is the first step.

The next step is about eliminating the un-happiness from your life. What are the things that really cause you stress? What are the things in life you really wish were different... what are the things you really wish you could change? Are these things under your control? If yes, make the change. If no, it is time to learn about healthy coping skills....

The final step is a culmination of steps one and two: maximizing genuine, personal happiness by approaching life with the type of attitude that allows you to enjoy the scenery when construction has re-routed your journey....

Feel free to learn more: visit www.thecoreofhappiness.info.

Happy reading!

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