Days of Happiness: Day Thirteen

Days of Happiness: Day Thirteen

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?

Happiness in my mind is very similar to contentment. We need to learn to be satisfied with what you have. If we can master contentment, our whole attitude towards our circumstances will change.  You can’t account for every extenuating circumstance, but you can control your attitude.

I found there are things that bring me happiness and contentment: Faith in God, a family that loves and supports me, and friends that encourage me.


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

I believe that happiness is a state of mind. It’s also a choice that we have to make every day. It takes a conscious effort to be content or happy – especially during difficult circumstances.

Our emotions change often – usually based on current circumstances. If I based my happiness on things that are constantly changing, I would become frustrated in the roller coaster ride of happy –sad – happy – mad – sad – happy. You could add a few other emotions in as well. Needless to say, I don’t deal with emotional roller coasters very well.


Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Yes, but as I said above, it is a choice I try to continually make. It helps to lend purpose to life. I’ve found that if I’m happy, others around tend to be happier as well. It’s contagious to some extent.

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

Difficult circumstances are the greatest barrier to my happiness. I know my happiness is a personal choice in my attitude and response. But when things go wrong, I find it extremely difficult to maintain the attitude of contentment and happiness.

As an engineer, I like to understand and control as many aspects of my life as possible. But the older I get, the more I’ve learned to let go. As you can imagine – it’s certainly not easy.


How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

For me money is not directly tied to happiness. I view money and wealth as a tool to live and give. As long as I have enough to live, I like to think I can be happy. I try to use the money that I have as efficiently as possible – limit debt, budget, and invest.


How important is health and wellness to happiness?

I don’t believe that being healthy and well is a fundamental part of my happiness. While it certainly is easier and can leads to less stress, my happiness is more tied to my attitude towards my health and wellness.

What has been the happiest moment in your life?

I would have to say – and this may be sappy – the moment when I first saw my soon-to-be wife walking down the aisle at my wedding. She was beautiful, and definitely one of the best things to ever happen to me. The birth of my three children would tie for second.

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

  1. I strive (by God’s grace) to show myself faithful in the commitments I’ve made to my family and myself. I can be satisfied and happy knowing that I followed through with my promises.
  2. I plan on building my own emergency fund up enough to cover at least 6 months of expenses. I believe that if I were to lose my source of income I could replace it with in 6 months. In the meantime, I could maintain my current standard of living with my emergency fund.


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

Giving is crucial to being happy and demonstrating happiness. When you have enough to meet your needs and then some, you may be happy and content. But nobody can tell unless you give. We all put on a happy face in our interactions with others, but I believe the truly happy ones demonstrate their contentment by giving out of their abundance.

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

  1. Stay out of debt. When you borrow money for any purpose (car, house, student loan, consumer goods), you place your finances in the control of someone else. You become a slave – in a sense – to the lender.
  2. Have an emergency fund. You can’t control everything in life. Things will happen (medical emergency, car repair, house repair) that require larger amounts of money. If you have a rainy-day fund, it is easier to be content (happy) when obstacles/emergencies arise, because you know you have the money to take care of it.

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

  1. “Boundaries” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend – Take care of the things that are inside your boundaries or under your control. You are only responsible for your own choices and actions.
  2. “Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey – take control of your money so that it does not control you. Dave outlines simple steps to financial independence that anyone can follow – no matter your income.
  3. “The Oath” by Frank Peretti – Fiction work that is well written, and engaging from the very beginning. Evil is at work near Hyde City, and Steve Benson is determined to unravel the mystery.


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

We all have problems. I blog about a smattering of the problems I’ve dealt with, and offer solutions from the mind of an engineer.

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