June 18, 2009
Twenty years ago, in the midst of a failing business and deteriorating marriage, I started to ask those big life questions so many people have wondered about - Why does life sometimes involve so much discomfort? What's my purpose for even being?
As I asked myself these questions, my 20–year study of happiness began. I've discovered that life should be joyful and this joy can be learned. I've also observed that happy people are often more successful in relationships, money, and health.
Happiness is particularly important in these days of economic crisis. Many of us have discovered that a fancy dinner, new car, or bigger house no longer determines our outlook on life. As we get back to basics and begin enjoying the simple things in life, we realize that happiness can come from the inside.
I've developed a simple five–step happiness plan that – if practiced daily – can serve as a starting point for improving our overall sense of happiness, joy, and self love. Why not start now?
It will take some will power and self–discipline, but isn't a life of happiness and joy worth a little effort?
Humana member Andy Feld earned a BSBA degree from Denver University in 1973. Andy now lives in Morrison, Colo., where he's a frequent speaker on life inspiration and business sales. He's also a regular guest on radio programs across the country and local TV.
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