1.Thought: Happiness is not about having more, but about acknowledging what you do have rather than what you don't. The poor man who looks at the food, shelter and family he has will be happier than the millionaire who looks at the mansions and yachts that he doesn't have.
2. Book: The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
3. New Habit: Find a new podcast to listen to while going for walks, driving, or doing housework. Pairing pleasure with productivity can be a great way to get the most out of your day!
Meet Tom. Tom was once a young boy from San Francisco. Some of his friends affectionately called him Tommy.
Tommy always had a passion for sports. His dad took him to professional sports games in San Francisco since he was four years old. During his freshman year of high school, he started playing quarterback, but he wasn't very good at it. Tom could not run very fast, nor could he jump very high. He couldn't throw well either. As a freshman, his team lost every game with an 0-8 record, and Tom wasn't even the starting QB. He was so bad that even an 0-8 team didn't want to put him on the field.
Despite his lack of natural talent, Tom worked very hard at football. He had a great passion for it, and he wanted to become great, no matter how difficult it may be. He made some great improvements through high school. Tom had a dream just like many high school boys:...
1. Thought: Optimism is like a rich soil - your goals and projects are very likely to grow there. Pessimism is like a desert soil - your goals and projects are very unlikely to grow there. Both soils cost you the same amount of money ($0) and the same amount of time (none).
The choice is yours :)
2. Book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
3. New Habit: Deny yourself one unhealthy snack each day this week.
1. Thought: Hard work is a high virtue - but certainly not the highest of virtues. The worst people in hell probably worked very hard to get there!
2. Documentary: Walt before Mickey (available on Netflix)
3. New Habit: Deposit mindset vs. withdrawal mindset
When you talk to people, do you do so for your own benefit? Or for theirs? Do you try to withdraw happiness from that interaction? Or do you try to deposit happiness in to other person? Try doing the latter. Let everyone who interacts with you have a better day because you're a part of it. And oddly enough, when you try to deposit more happiness into other people, you'll withdraw more of it for yourself as well.
1.Thought: "Success without happiness is failure." -Tony Robbins
2. Book: The Everything Store by Brad Stone
3. New habit: For the next week, spend one hour each day without your phone (or with your phone on airplane mode). Go for a walk, read a book, or eat with a friend. You may be surprised at how alleviating it feels to be free from your technology.
The rate of progress in the world of technology is incredible. It was only a few decades ago that hardly anyone owned a computer. Now, more than 3 out of every 4 Americans have a smartphone (Pew Research Center).
This technology has helped us tremendously. Businesses can run more efficiently, information is available to us 24/7, and with websites like Ebay and Amazon, shopping is easier than ever before.
However, the quick rise of technology has come with a number of side-effects. The rest of the world has never been so close to us - and yet our best friend sitting right beside us has never seemed so far away. Extended families spread across the country have never had more communication - and yet our immediate family within the household has never been so disconnected.
"For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families."
The world promises us happiness in so many things. Wealth. Success. Popularity. Awards. The list goes on and on.
Most of these things aren't inherently bad - and they can in fact contribute to our happiness. We have certain needs that these things can fulfill.
However, sometimes we try to use these things for purposes they were never intended for. Sometimes we let money or popularity take the space in our lives that can only be filled by God.
There are many celebrities who have everything that is glamorized by pop culture - and yet they are incredibly unhappy. The God-shaped whole in their lives is empty - and this God-shaped hole is the centerpiece that holds everything else together. Like a mansion built on sand, a "rich" life that is not built on top of God will quite likely fall apart.
One famous example of this is Michael Jordan. Jordan is arguably the greates...
Trying to find your future spouse can be a stressful endeavor. Sometimes you're single for years on end because you can’t find someone you feel you’re compatible with. Other times you may go through several relationships that don’t work out, which can be even more frustrating. It can be easy to turn to God in anger and shout, “Where are they?!?”
But what if all this waiting was actually working to your advantage? What if God was actually trying to help you out?
Imagine you’re preparing to go out on your first date with someone. You get all dressed, showered and spiffied up, and as your date is walking up to the door, you ask your friend, “How do I look?” They say you look alright, but you totally forgot to brush your teeth. They’re stained Gatorade blue and your breath reeks. They agree to stall your date to give you time to go fix yourself up - to make yourself presentable...
1. Thought: The pessimists are usually right, but the optimists change the world.
2. Book: Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Chip Heath
3. Life-hack: Comprehensive Life Assessment Exercise
Identify what your three biggest goals currently are. Then for each goal, ask yourself three questions:
1. What am I doing to reach this goal?
2. What must I start doing to reach this goal?
3. What must I stop doing to reach this goal?
In a similar exercise, you could also do this for each facet of your life. Identify socially, financially, spiritually and personally, what you are doing, what you need to start doing, and what you need to stop doing. Write all of this out on paper and take you time to really think about it. I recently started doing this once a month and it has been life-changing!!