Days of Happiness: Day Eleven

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Days of Happiness: Day Eleven

The 30 days of Happy Thoughts series is inspired by the International Day of Happiness (March 20th, 2017).

 

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Day of Happiness Celebrations: Q&A


Happiness means different things to different people, what does Happiness mean to you?

To me, happiness is being able to help people achieve financial security. Personal finance is a key stressor for many people so anything I can do to help people relieve that stress brings me great personal happiness.

Do you believe happiness is an emotion or more of a state of mind?

I believe that happiness is a state of mind. Sure there are events that can trigger negative emotions, (sadness or anger) but through constant reinforcement of gratitude, we have the ability to make happiness our default state of mind and always revert back to that baseline even when we experience negativity in our daily lives.

 

Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Being happy is the single most important thing to me. If I could choose to live a short but happy life, or a healthy and long miserable life, it would be no contest. Happy people bring joy and happiness to others. When I leave this world, that is how I want to be remembered.

What do you consider a fundamental barrier to Happiness in your life?

I consider myself a happy person in my current state so I don’t really have any barriers. The main one that I see as the most common is the constant pursuit of material possessions. Every time someone obtains the next material item, the joy that is gained from it doesn’t last very long, and then it’s on to the next thing. People like will never be truly happy because they don’t appreciate what they have and that is a major barrier to happiness.

 

How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

This is a funny question since I am a personal finance blogger, you’d think the answer would be “wealth and money has everything to do with my happiness.” Reality is that wealth and money have very little to do with my happiness. Having said that, I do believe that being in control of your financial situation gives you the freedom and time to pursue things that make you happy.

 

How important is health and wellness to happiness?

Obviously being healthy makes it much easier to enjoy life and be happy, but it isn’t necessary. I’ve met children with diseases who manage to find happiness despite their situation.

 

What has been the happiest moment in your life?

I can’t think of a single happiest moment in my life, but the four years I spent in university was the happiest period in my life. In those 4 years, I built the strongest personal relationships I’ve ever had (non-family relationships). Along the way there were disappointments, heartbreak, and frustration, but not a day went by that I wasn’t grateful for the opportunity to pursue education, love, and friendship.

 

Do you have any specific goals or resolutions for 2017? If so, would you share your top two that directly relate to your own Pursuit of Happiness?

In 2017 I plan to launch a Youtube channel dedicated to personal finance. I also plan to start a financial coaching business as a side hustle. There is so much misinformation out there and I hope that these two things in addition to blog can bring logic and common sense to something as important as managing your finances.

 

Do you consider giving to others or charity work an important part of your own Pursuit and why?

I don’t find anything fulfilling about blindly writing cheques to charities. I prefer giving my time and energy (which are much more valuable to me) to help make it easier for people who are less fortunate than I am to achieve their happiness.

 

What 2 things have you learned in your own pursuit that you would like to share with others?

  • If you really cared about something, you would pursue it no matter how difficult it may seem. Excuses are BS and only show that the thing you say you love, aren’t important enough to go after

 

  • Helping others is more gratifying than anything else. Through my blog, I’ve been able to answer questions for people who want to do better for themselves and their family financially. I get an insane amount of happiness and satisfaction knowing that something I said or wrote helped someone gain clarity or reduce a point of stress.

 

If you could recommend only three websites/books/articles to anyone reading this, what would they be, and why?

  • Money, Master the Game by Tony Robbins – This is my favorite financial book that I’ve read so far because it contains insight from so many financial masterminds. Even though I’m Canadian, and that book contains a lot of American information, it still provided me with plenty of useful concepts.
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – This is a must read for everybody. There’s so much valuable information in there, and if you implement it in your own life, you will be way better off than you are now.
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Communication is key to building strong lasting relationships personally and professionally. This book gives you the tools to communicate effectively and win friends as the book says.

 

What is your blog/website address and theme (if you want to share) for 2017?

My blog is www.options2riches.com. It is a personal finance themed blog that I started to bring common sense and logic among all the misinformation out there.


 


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