Tag: Happiness

S3-17: FAF – What is the Quickest Way to Happiness?


Today’s topic involves the age-old quest for humans to BE HAPPY! That’s it! “How can I be more happy?” Or as the title of the show suggests, “What’s the quickest way to happiness?”

As you might guess MG and HE have a few thoughts on the matter. Henry starts with a great recount of friend who “wasn’t particularly happy” and gives him an exercise to perform.

MG recounts a semi-related parallel story shared by the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Then they go off. The list of tips gets long enough for Henry to exclaim, “I think there’s a formula here!”

Give this FAF a listen and let us know if you don’t (or, do) come a way a little happier! ; )

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 09: Got Happiness? A Prelude to a Webinar

Your level of happiness will influence everything from your health to your income and seemingly everything else in between, including relationships and even career success, yet few take the time to learn and understand this important subject.

As a prelude to the Happiness Webinar Martin is hosting on 4/28/16 (6:30pm) PST, Martin discusses many of the influencing factors that contribute to one’s level of happiness throughout their lifetime.

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It was Buddha who reportedly said, “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” In a similar vein, Abe Lincoln once commented, “People are just about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

It’s clear, though, that happiness can often be far more than just a choice — there may be at least a dozen other contributing factors from relationships to control, expectations, and even our ability to accept events and how much “hope” we have in our lives. All of these can influence how we might feel from one moment to the next.

The key is knowing what those factors are, and how to best manage and take control and responsibility over them to improve our own levels of happiness.

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 06: The Power of the Mind


“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” ~Buddhist Proverb

While happiness, as the Buddhist proverb goes, can and should be a choice (most often) there is no doubt our present circumstances and events have great influence upon our current level of happiness.

In fact, what happens more often than not is that we will assign and craft stories about events (in the present) and then layer on our own subjective and speculative implications (stories) about how that event will influence our future.

Interestingly, these future stories (that WE are always, habitually creating at will) in turn than influence our present level of happiness.

The question becomes, do we have the power to change the story, our attention and focus?

Martin touches on the R.A.S.; the Reticular Activation System, a part of the brain helps selectively guide our focus, to see and find those things that we are seeking OR patterns we’ve seen in the past.

“We tend to see what we put our focus upon… If that future story or image projection is not what we would like to see we actually get to change it.”

In fact, you might argue that becomes a core responsibility in our life.

Martin recounts Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson, simply titled, Steve Jobs. In the book, Jobs is famous for something Isaacson coined as his “reality distortion field”. This reflected Jobs unrelenting ambition to distort “reality” and current information and events into something that would ultimately serve his imagination and his goals.

Can we not do this?

Martin challenges the listener to try to alter their focus and to craft a story about a positive, hopeful and optimistic future despite any negative current events or circumstances. And, to notice how that impacts your present level of happiness!

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“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 04: Who is in Control?

“Are you bigger than your problems?” T. Harv Eker

Martin kicks off this show about CONTROL with a quote he’s heard T. Harv Eker say many times regarding a technique people can use to solve their problems. The first thing they can ask themselves is, “Who is bigger? Me or the problem?”

Martin then carries the idea of “control” further, where control influences other facets of our lives…

Consider winning and losing? When one “controls” the environment they certainly have a better chance at winning, don’t they? Hence, competitive environments are designed to be neutral and there are even referees to ensure an environment of fairness. We all tend to recognize the idea of the “home field” advantage.

Further, psychologists now concur that a sense of control increases one’s level of happiness. If you’re unhappy perhaps you should investigate your level of control related to various aspects of your life (home, family, work, etc).

“Ask yourself, “Is there anything I can do to change the environment (control) to increase my happiness and chance of success?” ~M. Grunburg

Martin reminds listeners to revisit the prior week’s episode and agrees that there are a lot of things beyond our control, including those unwavering principles.

Finally, he sums up the episode with a simple statement and a MAJOR question you can ponder for some time…

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Mind Bullet Monday 02: Responsibility!

“When we are no longer able to change our situation we are challenged to change ourselves” ~Viktor Frankl

Positive change most often starts when we take responsibility for our situation.

Responsibility may be one of the most foremost virtues. While Aristotle proposed that courage was the mother of all virtues where would any great person be without responsibility? In fact, could greatness be possible?

What is responsibility ultimately, responsible for in our lives? Here’s a few thoughts:

  • happiness
  • self esteem
  • character
  • decisions
  • purpose
  • discipline and even
  • desire

You can quickly see how responsibility is a major/core ROOT, perhaps the root or pillar for one’s personal development and even happiness and general contentment.

Hear all about it on this Mind Bullet Monday!

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The Path to Happiness & Joy: An Interview with R. Michael Anderson

“I joke often that I know a lot about happiness because I’ve experienced a lot of unhappiness first.”  ~R. Michael Anderson


Bestselling Author. Speaker. Founder of Executive Joy Institute.
• We teach competitive driven people how to lead happier lives
• “Things” looked great from the outside: Partying at the Playboy mansion, etc., but missing meaning and fulfillment
• Michael opens up about his personal journey where competitive drive and winning doesn’t always equate to personal satisfaction
• GTR: Share inspiring story about sponsoring young lady from orphanage – a recent visit to celebrate high school graduation
• Touches on a story of GRIT and perseverance
• Avoiding “victim” mindset
• The path to learning about joy and happiness
• His massive TURNING point! –
• A few tips and tools to experience happiness and joy DAILY

Find Michael’s “Complete Journal” mentioned on the show here:  http://tiny.cc/complete-me

“Leaders tend to give so much to other people yet often have chaotic inner lives”  ~R. Michael Anderson

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