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How to Be Happy in Life

Smiling woman in mirror learned hWe all want to be happy in life, but few people really know how to live a happy life. Why is that? I think it’s because we’ve been taught wrong ideas as to what really leads to a fulfilling life. Case in point. Which of the following two groups of people are happier? In the first group are people who—a year earlier— won over a million dollars in the lottery. In the second group of people are folks who—a year earlier—became paralyzed from the waist down. Which group of people do you think is happier? If you answered the lottery winners, you’re wrong. Actually, according to the studies, both groups of people are equally happy. You see, it’s not what happens to you that determines your level of happiness—it’s your attitude and how you interpret your daily events that really matters.

Think of it this way: Knowing how to be happy in life is really a skill that partly involves changing your thinking and the way you do certain things in your life. Shakespeare once said, “There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” In a way, that’s really good news because you can’t always control what happens in your life, but you can learn how to be happy with yourself and how to live a happy life—no matter what kind of curveballs life throws your way.

How to Be Happy With Yourself

To live a happy life, you need to learn how to be happy with yourself. Fortunately, this is a learnable skill. Studies show that some methods that take under two minutes a day to do have more effect on your level of happiness than if you suddenly doubled your income! What are these methods? I present over 30 of them in my audio course, “Deeper Happiness: One Month to a Lifetime of Greater Fulfillment.”

woman raising hands in convertible knows how to be happy in the momentIn order for you to get a sense of how easy and effective these methods are, I’ll share a story about one simple method right now. Recently, a man named Steve came up to me after a workshop and said, “Last year when I took a different workshop from you, you talked about the importance of scheduling time for things you enjoy. I thought it was an overly simplistic and rather stupid suggestion, but you practically forced us to do it right there in the workshop—so I did it. I scheduled into my calendar time to play ball with my son that week. Not surprisingly, we had a great time.”

Father and son playing represents how to find happiness in lifeSteve started to get misty eyed as he told me the next sentence. “So I want to thank you for forcing me to schedule time for things I enjoy. In the past, my kids and my hobbies always got my leftover time, if any. I’d often go a whole week without ever having time for what I really enjoy. But now, each Sunday night I make sure I schedule at least a couple of things a week that help me live a happy life, and amazingly, I’m learning how to be happy. Even my wife and son say I’m a different man. That little technique you gave me of scheduling time for things I enjoy each week has been the greatest gift I’ve ever received.”

I’d like to share with you, at no cost, more of these techniques that can really make a huge difference in knowing how to be happy. Start now by downloading three entertaining lectures from my Deeper Happiness course. In each of these talks, you’ll hear an inspiring story and a practical method on how to be happy in life.