The Happiness Minute started out as a series of weekly podcasts back in 2010, designed to help people train their minds that happiness can be developed into a habit, just like all those bad habits we already have but wish we didn’t – like overeating, smoking, drinking, shopping, and so on.
Joy, and fulfillment together with love, peace, freedom, harmony and happiness certainly are for everyone. We just have to shake off a few twisted ideas that we actually know are false, and yet insanely continue trying to prove true!
- Like “things” will make us happy.
- Like only “other” people can be happy.
- Like you have to be born with a “happy gene.”
- Like all those other myths.
Listen carefully: YOU Can Be Happy! I promise! You really can.
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It takes some effort, but it’s easy to be happy. This is where you can start. Read and listen to the short Happiness Minutes. Take them to heart. Build one or more of the ideas or concepts mentioned into your life.
The great thing is that you can start from wherever you are in your life right now. It doesn’t matter what your personal circumstances are. You could be living on the street, or in a mansion; you could be a teetotaler or an addict; you could be law-abiding or a criminal. None of this matters as far as happiness is concerned. Start right here, wherever your personal “here” is. The key is to start!
A Single Step
As Lao Tsu said 2500 years ago, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” Do one thing today to move yourself towards the happiness you desire. Then tomorrow, or next week, do one more…then another, and another.
Happiness (or any other state of mind) is incrementally built by experience. As you live your life, minute by minute, you train yourself how to think, behave, and feel.
It’s like those old scales: whichever side of the happiness/unhappiness scale holds most of your life’s minutes, will determine your overall level of happiness.
Each minute of happiness you experience, brings you closer to being happy the following minute. If you remain happy for an hour, that hour brings you closer to being happy the next hour.
If you really want happiness for life, that’s how it starts. One step at a time, minute-by-minute. Developing persistence, developing happiness. Becoming the person you want to be.
I Was An Unhappy Child
You can have it. I know, because I started out as a very unhappy little boy. Just look at the little guy on the right. That was me at eight or nine. Through a fortunate series of circumstances, I managed to avoid becoming the sociopath that I could have become. How did I do it? By learning exactly the things I talk about in these Happiness Minutes and my other writing. If you’d like to read more about my childhood secret, here’s a link to the story.
Every week or so, I’ll be posting a Happiness Minute here. Some will be new; others will be from the two years of podcasts already tried and tested. I encourage you to post comments – whether you agree or disagree with what I say, I’m interested to hear what you have to say.
Just for today, be happy.