“Happiness is not an accident.
Nor is it something you wish for.
Happiness is something you design.”
~Jim Rohn

In this months edition of Success Magazine, the focus was on happiness. The magazine included an audio lesson from Jim Rohn on happiness. I’ve written about how to be happy all the time before, but Jim put it in a way that I absolutely loved.

He said, “Happiness is not by chance, happiness is a choice. Happiness is not on accident, happiness is on purpose!

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He went onto say, “Happiness is a separate art from travel. Happiness is separate art from having money.” How profound. Happiness is separate from all things we tend to pursue that we believe will make us happy.

Do you know people who have all the money, that travel all over the globe, and have everything you can imagine, but they are completely miserable? I do. How sad. They learned how to be successful in business, but they never learned how to live a happy life.

On the other hand, have you ever been to a third world country and you meet children and families who have nothing and are living in unimaginable circumstances, and yet they have more joy and happiness than you could imagine?

If you want to live a happy life, learn to live an intentional life. Learn to be happy with what you have while you get to where you’re going. Be happy on purpose. Choose to be happy everyday!

Get rid of the mindset that once you _____ or have ________ you’ll be happy. Traveling won’t make you happy, having a spouse won’t make you happy, and neither will having a lot of money. All of those things can help create an interesting life, but they won’t guarantee happiness.

That my friend, is a choice.


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2 Responses

  1. Doug, you might like the book “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor.  The basic premise is that happiness fuels success, not the other way around.

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