S:1216 Principle: Happiness

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


Happiness is a response.

Many look to external events to ‘provide’ their happiness. The only thing externals do is trigger responses from within. One response is happiness.

The unrestrained laughter of a child; a sunrise or sunset; your sports team winning; he or she saying “yes” to your proposal; making art; reading a great book; making a big sale; taking a sail; getting a surprise check in the mail.

Notice which of those evoked a positive or happy response. Notice which did not. Someone else’s experiences could have been exactly the opposite from yours. What triggers a happiness response in one doesn’t in another. Perfect!

It is not only about what happens outside you, which is important, it is about your response. Happiness is a response.


Coaching Point: Do you look for situations to evoke and experience happiness from within? Even when sitting still and alone?


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