How to Be Happy in a World of Turmoil

04/26/2015 12:40 am ET | Updated Jun 24, 2015


How many times have you thought to yourself the following: If only I had more money, if only I had someone to love, if only I had a better job, if only I felt better.

If only I had that one thing I am missing, I would be happy.

Truth be told, following that reasoning you will never attain real happiness.

Actually, the opposite effect would occur. Instead, you will keep hitting your head against an imaginary line of "wanting more" and suffer throughout the process.

If your basis for finding happiness is possession, whether monetary or emotional, the equation is doomed to fail.

Happiness is not based on what we posses, quite the opposite, happiness is seeing the light in the dark, the good in the bad, and the blessings hidden within the adversity.

All in all, this crazy maze of ups and downs, victories and defeats (aka lessons) are all part of this complex yet fascinating thing we call LIFE.

The key in all of this is to expect for good things to happen despite your current situation. By focusing on your blessings, you allow your mind to operate from a place of thankfulness.

It is then, by letting your mind to "just be," that the greatest ideas come alive. If you operate from a place of abundance instead a place of scarcity, you allow your creative juices to flow and open the door to better things to appear.

If you are constantly facing rejection, find the strength and hope to keep going. If you do so, you'll be stepping closer to achieving success and getting closer to achieving your goals.

At a young age, Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a reporter because "she was unfit for television." Years later, by keeping the flame of hope alive, Oprah became the host of her own program, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" which aired 25 sessions before launching her own television network, The Oprah Winfrey Network.

I am convinced that HOPE is a combination of being persistent, optimistic, and faithful that better days are ahead.

If you keep that simple virtue within the core of your being, it allows your mind to think clearly, it allows you to reflect on the good things of life, and as a result, you allow your mind to operate from a place of creativity and joy, where new ideas and projects can be created.

Everyday that we are able to get out of bed, that we are able to breath, and our heart is beating, is a new opportunity for us to take on the world and hope that the days ahead will continue to get better... And trust me, they will.