Days of Happiness: Day Thirty

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Days of Happiness: Day Thirty

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

Today’s Motivational Video

Today’s Happy Thought

“Whatever things are true,

Whatever things are noble,

Whatever things are right,

Whatever things are pure,

Whatever things are lovely,

Whatever things are of a good report,

If there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise,

Dwell on these things.”

 

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Day of Happiness Celebrations: Q&A

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

Happiness to me is pretty simple.  It is a mindset that dictates that you will not be swayed by what is thrown at you.  Instead, it seeks to find the good and positive in any situation, knowing that even hard stuff can result in good.  Happiness is rooted in a source greater than yourself, where you feel comfort and security knowing that you are loved and cared for completely.

 

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

I believe happiness is a state of mind.  Even in difficult times, I can still find happiness if I transcend the current situation and remember who I am and the hope that I have.  I can look at situations with a different perspective and not get bogged down by the difficulty at hand.

 

Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

I’d like to think being happy is very important to me.  I always to look at the positive in my life and believe that I can be happy in most situations.  I’ve had my share of difficult times, and I have fallen into depressions at different points.  Since I’ve been in those low places, happiness has become exceedingly important to me.  I try not to let situations define me, but instead, I try to define hard situations according to how I can become a better, stronger, more compassionate human being as a result.

 

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

When I am surrounded by constant negativity, it can be hard to maintain a happy state.  I find myself gravitating away from happiness when I am around angry people and am flooded with the day’s most negative news cycle.   It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even like talking about the news because the banter and vitriol can be so depressing, especially in light of all the amazing and positive things that are happening in the world.  So, I think it to be wise to try to filter some of the negativity that you can avoid because even with the happiest of intentions, it can be difficult to stay happy when you are bombarded with so much antagonism.

 

How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

Money can buy many things, but happiness is not one of them.  Spending time with my wife and son is precious time to me, and I try to soak up every moment I have with them.  I could do that all day, and that doesn’t cost a dime.  If we are to follow along with the idea that happiness is a state of mind, then you could theoretically be dirt-poor and still happy.  I would tend to agree with that statement.

 

How important is health and wellness to happiness?

My wife and I are incredibly fortunate to have great health.  I think that this goes a long way towards our happiness and we work diligently to keep up our health.

 

What has been the happiest moment in your life

I remember the day I met my wife like it was yesterday.   I teaching a Kindergarten Sunday School class and saw my wife across the room.  In that moment, I knew that she would be my wife one day.  People look at me a little strangely when I include this, but, I actually audibly heard the word, “Done,” when I saw her.  Needless to say, fast-forward 3 years, and we were married.  And I couldn’t be happier.

 

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?

The two biggest goals that I have for 2017 were to find a new job in a field that I felt more passionate about and to exercise four times a week.  I have accomplished the first goal, as I start a new job on March 6th.  I am excited to get into this new role, and I believe I will find it very fulfilling.  In regards to exercising, I have been working out four times a week since this new year started.  It feels great to stick with a routine, and the endorphins definitely help me to stay the course of my pursuit of happiness!

 

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

When you give to others, you actually benefit just as much, if not more.  Whether it’s giving of money or time, that act of selflessness, knowing that you are making some sort of positive impact, causes a sense of elation and excitement.   It brings about a great sense of fulfillment.   I help facilitate A Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course, and it’s a joy to work with people and see their light bulb moments when it comes to finances.

 

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

My first bit of wisdom is to enjoy the journey that you are on.  I had difficulty being too focused on the end goal instead of enjoying what was around me.  Now that I’m a little older, I find myself being more sentimental and smelling the roses a bit more.

 

The second thing is it’s never too late to create your path.  I know at various times in my life, I have felt like I was too far down a path to try something new.  But that was me being defensive and not putting myself out there.  It took me almost five years before I finally started a blog, even though I had been talking about doing one for so long.  Taking the plunge at times can be freeing, and even if you do fail, you no longer have it hanging over your head.

 

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

Oh man, where do I even begin?  I have read so much that has shaped who I am and have made an impact on me.

 

The Bible – There is an incredible amount of wisdom and truth spoken throughout the Bible.  I believe that it can help anyone at any stage of life.  Plus, it’s chock-full of money application.  Did you know that 1 of out 10 verses is about money?  Or, how about Jesus talked about money in 16 of 38 parables.  Lots of wisdom around money revealed.

 

The Alchemist –  This is one of my favorite stories, and I love how the journey is as much a part of the story as the final destination.  It’s an easy read and something that I enjoyed thoroughly.  If you need inspiration to follow your dreams, this is the book for you.

 

Mustard Seed Money – Why not throw a shameless plug for my website?  On my blog, you’ll find tons of post on money, the psychology around it, and interesting facts pertaining to it.  Hopefully you will love reading it as much as I enjoy writing it…

 

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

http://mustardseedmoney.com

Mustard Seed Money stems from a passage in the Bible.  In Mark 4:30-32, Jesus speaks of the smallest seed, a grain of mustard seed.  Once sown, it grows and becomes one of the largest plants in the garden.

My hope is that through your financial journey, that your small investment in time, money and faith will grow beyond anything that you could ever imagine.


 


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2 thoughts on “Days of Happiness: Day Thirty”

  1. That is such a sweet story about falling for your wife. Done. I love it!

    I agree with you about keeping nagativity out of our lives.One thing I don’t miss from work is all the gossip.

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