What if EVERYTHING you thought you knew about how to be happy was flat out wrong?
We tend to assume that our external world is predictive of our internal world. The better things are, the more things we have, the more successes we achieve, the happier we will be. Wrong!
90 percent of your long term happiness is based not by the external world BUT by how you choose to have your brain process the external world. Yep, happiness is less about what happens to you and more upon the story you tell yourself about what happened. Our internal happiness is based mainly upon how we interpret reality.
In the world of work, only 25% of job success is predicted by IQ scores; 75% is related to your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge, not a threat.
So, the key to happiness?
Rewire your brain!
Oh, gee whiz, how do that?
Focus your thoughts on your blessings, cultivate an attitude of gratitude, the habit of happiness.
Journal! Every night for three weeks, write down three new things you have to be happy about, things for which you should be grateful, things you would miss if they were not in your life.
Then repeat for the rest of your life.