Maintain and Attain Happiness

A Master Plan to Attain and Maintain Happiness

The holidays are upon us and the stress level is going up, up, and up! If you aren’t careful, “the happiest season of all” can become the unhappiest season of all. The key is to not let the negative aspects of the season dominate your life. This is a good idea to focus on all year long. The trick is to develop a master plan to attain and maintain happiness. Finding the Silver Lining As humans, we are wired to dwell on the negative. As discussed in a previous blog, this is called the negativity bias. The negativity bias is the subconscious way we give more weight to bad experiences than good ones. This subconscious behavior needs to be identified and reversed before true happiness can be attained. A good way to overcome a negative mindset is to conduct a little self-discovery. It is important to note that the definition of happiness varies from person to person. What one person reacts positively to, can cause someone else to react negatively. In other words, dig deeper into what does and does not make YOU and only you happy. This is where a well-being assessment is useful. It’s a way to...

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Keys to Success

Interpersonal Habits Anyone Can Adopt for Success

A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and eventually becomes a subconscious behavior. Habits can make or break you. Successful people know this and have cracked the code. They have learned that certain habitual behaviors can enable them to nourish their goals and turn those goals into achievements. However, true success is not measured by results alone. Remember the line in “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring Jimmy Stewart – “A toast to my big brother George, the richest guy in town!”? Why was George rich? Not because of his monetary wealth, but because he was rich in friends. What enabled George to have so many friends? The interpersonal habits adopted by the character. Therefore, to be truly successful, you must adopt habits to nurture interpersonal relationships on many levels. In a previous blog we discussed the importance of active listening. Although being an active listener is a key habit for success, successful people know it goes much deeper. You must demonstrate self-control and gratitude to achieve true success in life. Self-Control Self-control is what separates us from the animals. We as humans are not solely dependent upon “fight or flight”; we do have free will....

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