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The Art of Happiness

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What does it mean to be happy?

Much has been written on “happiness” and how to achieve it. Happiness is one of those things that means different things to different people.

To me, happiness is a mindset—a mindset that comes with satisfaction.

How satisfied you are with who you are and what you are doing?

Some would suggest that money is the key to happiness, but I will tell you that I know millionaires who are miserable as well as people who earn significantly less and are much happier.

Some would suggest that having more time will make you happy. What will you do with that time? Could you not accomplish the same result by prioritizing better?

Changing your mindset is not an easy task—it takes time and practice.

I am not suggesting happiness is easy to obtain, but I am suggesting that you can train yourself to be happy. Where do you start? By learning to become more accepting.

When we learn to become more accepting, we naturally become more satisfied. Don’t misunderstand, it’s not about settling—being satisfied is different. The more accepting you are, the more satisfied you are. The more satisfied you are, the happier you will become!!!

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” —Seneca

Have a great weekend.


About Friday Food for Thought (FFfT)

I frequently attend conferences and retreats on entrepreneurship and leadership and while I am away, the J2 team picks up the slack, allowing me to learn to be better at what I do. I wanted to share what I was learning with my team, so I created the weekly FFfT emails in November of 2015 and have been writing them ever since.

Before long, the J2 staff began sharing the FFfT emails with their friends and family and now other leaders have asked to be included, which led to the creation of this newsletter. I hope you enjoy!