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Our personal philosophy is the lens through which we view every problem and every opportunity. Often, it is the reason that we give ourselves to persist — or quit. People who live happily are not necessarily the smartest or the richest or the most talented.
But they have a personal philosophy that serves them well. Happy people seem to share certain philosophies on life. This book is a summary of the strategies of happy, effective people. Some of these ideas will already be familiar to you. And a cartoon can help us to remember the message.
If you have suffered serious personal tragedy or trauma, then this book may not be enough, but it can help with your everyday challenges. Character Why? Happiness 2. How do you hang on when you are grieving, lonely or broke? You can only tackle your problems as you would climb a mountain If you go rock climbing — and you get stuck on a ledge — you suddenly focus on the present moment!
You forget about the future. All your effort goes into your next step. Then your next step. Inch by inch. Eventually you claw your way out. The same strategy works for everyday life. You tackle one problem at a time. You take a step. If you were to worry about a everything you need to do in the next month, or b everything that could go wrong in the next year, you could go nuts! But you can handle one day at a time. Let tomorrow take care of itself. So he analyzed the data by age group, 15 to 24 years old, 25 to 34 years old, 35 to 44 years and so on.
So who do you think were the most miserable? The teens? The mid-lifers? And who do you think were the happiest? Here are the results: They assessed the results of over psychological studies and boiled them down to this — that age has no more than a 1 percent impact on happiness! Princeton University Press, David G. Most of us worry. We worry about our jobs, our children Firstly, it attracts misfortune. Secondly, it is bad for your health!
So what should you do about worry? Postpone it! Of course, disasters do happen.
Illness happens. Financial crises happen. And your mind will want to drag you into the future! Stay in the present! Do whatever you can do today — and leave worry out of it. Look at your life. You can handle the present. How can I feel good about me? And some of them are a pain in the neck! Anyone can have them. If you really want, you can have them!
You simply work at developing your own honesty, determination, generosity, humility and courage. They just make the most of what they have. Probably not. Happy people sometimes go broke, get sick, get sacked — or get dumped!
Like everyone, happy people have their problems. But they have the mental strength to focus on solutions. You run uphill. Gradually you get stronger. It is the same with your thinking. You strengthen your MIND by facing problems. You meet life head on. You take some risks. You fail and bounce back. Gradually you build a positive attitude. When life gets rough, remind yourself: I must be getting happier!
One Day at a Time 23 Laughter Did you ever bump your head or break a wrist while you were clowning around with friends? What did you notice? All kinds of wonderful things happen when you laugh Laughter not only reduces physical pain.
It reduces mental pain! When we laugh, we naturally feel more hopeful and optimistic. We just have to look for it. What else helps? When we stop trying to be perfect! When we stop trying to be perfect, we can laugh at ourselves — so we laugh much more often. We should take humour more seriously! These expectations may sound reasonable.
So you end up frustrated and disappointed. Instead, have preferences! For things that are beyond your control, tell yourself: But if you make the game a habit, you have more peace of mind You prefer that people are polite You prefer sunshine To become happier, we need to either a change the world, or b change our thinking.
It is easier to change our thinking! One Day at a Time 27 Rage! These days getting angry is all the rage. You are driving on the highway and you decide to change lanes. So you get mad.
The problem here is not the other driver — it is your expectation that he should be nice! Expectation sets us up for disappointment and anger. So the fewer expectations you have about the world — and even the weather — the better life gets! Three more tips for keeping your cool: Angry people tend to believe that a they are more important than everyone else, and b that they are always right.
Relax a little. Allow for others to sometimes get what they want. You might rank having enough food to eat at 9 out of You might rank having a job at 7 out of 10, idiot drivers at 2 out of 10, and slow elevators at zero.
Angry people love to argue with reality! When you argue with reality, reality wins! For them to sometimes get what they want, we sometimes need to go without. When we continually give our best, life naturally leads us toward new opportunities. Sometimes it takes a while, but it happens. One more thing Great opportunities and life-changing relationships mostly happen in the most unlikely situations. A hundred years ago, most people understood this.
Nowadays, people want instant results! If you are: Get a daily plan, stick with it AND allow yourself time to improve. You might see little progress in a month. Give it six months of effort — or a year of effort — THEN assess your improvement. Most people quit too soon!
Fred boards a jumbo jet in Bangkok at The jet seats people and it weighs as much as a small apartment block. For the next 14 hours Fred travels at over kilometers an hour. Less than a foot from his nose the air temperature is minus 67 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind is blowing at hurricane strength. Meanwhile the crew serves him dinner — steak from Argentina, wine from Australia, butter from Ireland, cheese from New Zealand, coffee from Columbia.
At the press of a button blankets and pillows are delivered. Fred downloads duty free watches for the kids without even leaving his seat. During dessert he watches the latest Hollywood movies.
He takes a nap. And all this in economy class! We take so much for granted!
We live in an extraordinary world. I remember waiting for my life to get easier.
The happiest people I knew had more problems than I did! Maybe you have noticed the same thing — that people who seem to get the most out of life have often had it tough. It is something you choose. Recently I had a conversation on Cleveland radio with a lady called Rena. Peace of Mind 3. Laws of Life 39 Lessons Annie is an intelligent, hard-working, attractive lady with a great sense of humour.
In the last twenty years she has had a string of relationships with drug addicts who spend her money and drunks who beat her up. In life, history tends to repeat itself. Until we learn a lesson, we keep getting it again — and again! If your friends expect you to solve their problems, carry their stuff, clean their mess, download their lunch — and you keep doing it — it will keep happening.
If you allow yourself to be cheated by landlords, auto mechanics and repairmen, it will keep happening. History repeats itself until we make a stand. Then you never feel like a victim. The same goes for a blister on your big toe — who needs a throbbing foot? But what if you felt no pain? How often would you bite off bits of your tongue — or burn your backside in the bath?
Physical pain is a marvellous alarm system that prevents further damage. It tells us: But if those feelings become permanent the message may be: A blister on your foot is a message to change your shoes.
With emotional pain — which feels like a blister on the brain — the message is usually to change your thinking. If you are serious, you can change old patterns. Patterns Some people are always broke! They win the lottery, and before you know it they need a bank loan to download a hamburger.
Some people are always late! They can get up at 5. Some people make friends wherever they go. Some people make money wherever they go. Some people always get sick on vacation. Most things we do, we do without thinking — as with breathing or driving a car. We spend all our cash automatically, we make ourselves late automatically. You can change your subconscious habits with visualization and mental rehearsal.
Professional sports people all use visualization. When we visualize perfect behavior, we program our brain cells for better performance. You simply close your eyes, take some deep breaths and relax, and play mental movies of you performing perfectly.
Practise your golf swing in bed. Rehearse your public speaking on the bus — but in your mind! He was like a parrot! And no surprise Your language shapes your life. If you tell people you are always broke, you will likely stay broke. If you expect to forget, you will forget! If you expect to behave like an idiot Imagine a boxer stepping into the ring, and telling himself: Imagine a singer walking on stage, and telling herself: Yet, lots of us use this same recipe every day.
We tell ourselves: So how do you start to think positively? Notice what you SAY about yourself. Never tell people: If I have nothing good to say about me, I will keep my mouth shut. Once we take control of our language, we begin to have more positive thoughts and life gets better. How often do you think about someone — and seconds later they phone you?
Not really. Your mind is a magnet. Happy people attract other happy people. Positive thinkers attract opportunities. Crooks attract crooks. And thought energy obeys natural laws. If radio waves and TV signals can travel huge distances — through bricks and concrete — why not thoughts?
Your brain is at least as amazing as any TV transmitter. A thousand books have been written on the power of thought. If you sweat enough about going broke, it will happen.
If you worry enough about getting sick, it will happen.
Picture success, and work toward it, and you are on your way. Your life is not a lottery. Laws of Life 49 Why Set Goals?
Sometimes we pick up the newspaper and read where a mother of three has just rowed across the Atlantic in a bathtub — or we read about an accountant who is riding a camel from Calcutta to Casablanca. If you travel by bathtub or camel , you arrive a very different person to the one who left! Not only do you reach your destination knowing a lot more about stars and rain and navigation — you know a lot more about yourself, and about your own courage and capabilities.
When you set yourself a goal to run a business or a marathon, when you set a goal to get a degree or a promotion, or to learn Chinese, you arrive a different person to the one who started. Your neighbors and your brother-in-law might not understand this concept. Laws of Life 51 Wishing for Things Lots of us use visualization to achieve goals. Visualizing means: Wishing means: No matter how bad your situation! Set your goal, make a plan, picture your improvement, put in the effort.
In the meantime, be happy with what you have got. While you are saving for the Ferrari, be happy with the old clunker. As you wish, so you become A million technical problems had to be solved: What kind of rockets, engines, landing craft, space suits, underwear do you take to the moon? Do all the astronauts go straight to the moon or do you leave a guy in a command capsule in lunar orbit? How do you get home? The Apollo project was like any successful project. Your commitment is the glue that holds it together.
Throughout the book, Holden uses personal experience, writings from philosophers, poets and religious figures from around the world and not just the Bible, which I appreciated , and examples from past clinical work with clients to show that deep down, everyone knows how to be happy. Most of us have simply forgotten. The book takes you through the many facets of happiness: After reading this book, I had the strangest, yet most familiar feeling: How easy is it to forget, in our frenzied search for more money, more possessions, more success, more love, that each of us has something inside that makes all those things optional at best.
Have you ever felt a part of you resisting the nature of modern life? Looking for a slower, more meaningful way to relate to the world and to others? Listen to it. It's happiness knocking at your heart's door. Calendar Verified download. Nice format - but many of the quotes are not real easy to read for an older person - the color of the print does not always contrast well against the backgrounds of the calendar.
This calendar was a gift for an elderly parent - trying to 'reinforce' something positive for her each day. Not sure this is exactly what I was looking for. Was hoping for something a 90 year old might relate to and I don't think this is quite it.
Obviously my opinion is not shared by most. Mass Market Paperback Verified download. Robert Holden writes at the beginning of the book that anyone can be happy right now Well, that's easier said than done and Holden goes on to explain why people have such a difficult time choosing to be happy. According to Holden, we all have two options in life--either we choose to be happy or we choose to be sad--and most people's choice is sadness, because they don't believe that being happy is a choice.
He writes that a lot of our suffering is self-inflicted because we're always thinking that we'll be happy "as soon as And that's because happiness doesn't come from things or outside sources, it must come from within. He also compares the way we think as adults versus the way we used to think as children. Holden writes that children, no matter what they are going through, will choose happiness all the time.
They focus on the now and not yesterday or tomorrow, and kids will find pleasure in the most mundane things. I wish this section was larger, but he made the point. Holden also says that another reason we have difficulty choosing to be happy is because of our ego, which constantly tells us that we aren't good enough and that happiness must be earned; and this creates self acceptance issues, which then creates the base for depression, anxiety, addiction and other emotional problems, that begin growing until they become out of control.
Although the book has several references that are found in the bible and other religious texts, it doesn't come off as preachy or judgmental. Holden just takes the positive stories from the different religions around the world and uses them to illustrate the points he's trying to make. All in all a great book: There is valuable information contained in Holden's books I've read three , but it's at the expense of verbosity. Seriously -- where was his editor? This book could have been penned in a third of it's length, perhaps a quarter.
Fewer anecdotes of questionable value, and more concrete, practical information would result in a more useful guide for the reader.