Happiness, I have found, is like a fruity, sweet mimosa- - soft, pleasant and fun, but somewhat flimsy. A joyposeful life, on the other hand, is like a heady, thick cabernet or smooth, aged bourbon -- impactful, multidimensional, complex and substantial.
We all know what debt is. Some of us, most of us, still have a few we're paying off. Student loans, car payments, mortgages. But what about the unseen debts, debts that are invisible to the naked eye but instead live within our hearts?
If I had a takeaway from the two inspirational speakers for the day, it would be that kindness is contagious, and it leads to greater benefits for the giver, and that happiness is about wanting what you already have.
It was in this conversation that I realized to take the first step on our happiness journey, we must accept -- as well as embrace -- the imminent truth: "We all enter the world with whatever is given to us," my dad answered. "Our lot in life."
The attitude of celebrating your life is healthy, both physically and emotionally. Not only that, but upbeat people attract other upbeat people, so by changing your attitude, you can set in motion positive reinforcement for a new and improved outlook. How great is your life already?
I am convinced that we all have a choice: to be positive and work through it, or not. Allowing your inner child to always shine through is a powerfully-wonderful positivity factor. Don't be afraid to be a grown up kid at times -- let your guard down and just be.
It's never too late to start along this path -- whether you're 30 or 70. Your reward will be a life well-lived and a sense of freedom and liberation that only comes to those willing to experience life on their own terms... you can do it!
How do you find happiness? A first step in tackling this question is to understand what happiness means. But herein lies the problem. Our understanding of what happiness is (and how to get it) is often misaligned with what really drives happiness.