January 18, 2012 1 Comment
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In this episode Marie challenges you to change your attitude about happiness. Many people fear pursuing their own happiness because doing so seems like an act of negative selfishness. In fact, building a happy foundation in your life is a generous act.
Marie asks you to question your assumptions about happiness and unhappiness… Does being unhappy make you more of a positive influence on other people? Does it give you the emotional strength and fortitude to be peaceful, calm, and a source of energetic support for others? When you are unhappy are you thinking about the needs and well-being of other people?
No. When most people are unhappy, they aren’t thinking about others, they are more focused on their own problems, needs, and what seems to be going wrong in their lives. Unhappy people tend to need more support from others, rather than being able to give it.
On the other hand, happy people are not centered around their own needs. In fact, finding happiness frees you to be available for others. We all understand how unhappiness can be exhausting, whereas happiness brings energy and enthusiasm. And happiness is energizing. With the energy and enthusiasm that comes from your own happiness, you will have the ability to be a true resource for others.
In fact, creating a foundation of happiness within allows you to take action on your compassion and higher values. Meaning, if you want to be an activist or to take practical action on issues, happiness will energize you and help you persevere in these goals.
In sum, you will be a better help to other people. It’s worth pursuing!
Marie Wetmore is a Life, Career, and Professional Development coach who works with clients in person or from anywhere in the world via phone or video Skype. To find out more, visit Lion’s Share Coaching or contact Marie. Sign up for Marie’s personal and professional development e-zine “Be A Lion” to have her insights and strategies delivered to your inbox.