The Four Steps of Happiness College
By miapratt on May 11, 2012
Seeking happiness vs. creating happiness - which path are you on?
We've all experienced tragedies and setbacks in our lives – and all the wonderful parts of life, too. And as a result we’ve developed inner beliefs that serve as our road maps through life. But one of the most important shifts you can make is to start creating happiness, rather than seeking it. And creating happiness starts with creating new beliefs that support the happy life you want to live.
No matter how old you are, or how rich or talented or successful you are – or if the opposite is true – right now is the time to look into yourself and reevaluate what you believe to be true about yourself. Time is passing. The world is changing. Are you changing with it?
Maybe you don’t have to wait until your world falls apart or you're gasping your last breath as your entire life flashes before you, to figure out what’s missing from it. Maybe you can liberate yourself from fears, anxiety and worry today, and start creating a happy life now.
I look at creating happiness as attending a kind of “Happiness College.” You have to want it enough to do something about it. You have to make it a priority, like getting a college degree. Only getting happy is way better because it's relatively free with the exception of the price of a cup of cinnamon coffee or a trip to the movies.
Maybe it's time to become a student again. Students seek, but they also create. They dream. They allow themselves to feel passionate about stuff. Sure, there's a little too much beer and pizza going on, but that's easy to modify if you're thirty or older. McDonalds has salads and diet coke if it comes to that.
- First you have to make the decision that you want to learn - that's decision number one.
- Then you commit to the process and practice and apply what you learn day by day.
- Then you are tested on it - only with happiness, you're tested every day.
- When you earn your degree in it, you can spend your life making a life-long career of it.
Twenty-year-olds have accomplished that in a variety of fields and some seventy-year-olds too – so why not pursue a life degree, with a Major in creating happiness?
"Golden Key #23 says, Happiness Is a Choice and Sometimes We Forget to Make It.
The 23rd Golden Key is a simple one. We can’t choose to be happy unless we choose to believe that happiness is a choice – and then remember to make that choice a hundred times a day. To live in happiness we must form the habit of making that choice."
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