HAPPINESS IS….

  • an emotion of joy
  • a feeling of merriment
  • an absence of anxiety
  • an attitude
  • a decision
  • encouragement
  • a smile
  • kindness
  • purposeful
  • practice
  • learned behavior
  • a choice
  • commitment

If happiness encompasses all these virtues, no wonder happiness is a rare commodity in our world!

My empirical research on happiness the past few months has enlightened me.

My research subjects have been:

Basketball players, coaches and parents in China.

Tourists and workers at the Magic Kingdom. Disneyland is a fascinating research laboratory for emotional intelligence research.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at the world class Esperanza (Hope) resort. A place where every person should be extremely happy.

My beloved home region where the majestic Spokane River flows through the heart of the city.

Air Travel on Alaska Airlines, the best, and Hainan Air to Beijing.

These are my research questions:

What does happiness mean to you?

On a scale of 1 to 10 what number of people in your world are happy?  10 the most

What do you score yourself on the happy scale?

This is my conclusion. Happiness is both hard work and a hard decision.

Happiness robbers:

  • Self-Pity
  • Excuses
  • Blame
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Laziness
  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Bitterness

If we take a cross-section of 1,000 people who read today’s Word of Hope, 800 will do nothing different and will go on the same.

200 will begin the hard work and hard decision making to be happy regardless of circumstances! They will soon discover happiness is hard work and difficult decision making.

20 out of 1,000 will continue to embrace happiness as HARD work and hard decisions 90 days from now. 980 will live just like they are living today. No changes.

Happiness is what you make it to be!

Crowell’s Game Plan to live happiness:

STEP ONE: Make an honest existential self-diagnosis.

STEP TWO: Do the hard work. The brutally honest naming of your happiness robbers.

STEP THREE: Practice happiness daily.

Have a daily game plan to include in writing 5 gratitudes.

Practice laughing. Easier than you think.

Encourage three people each and every day.

Refuse to listen to your happiness-robbers. God’s Holy Word is a prime source to find Happiness. Search for happiness daily.

Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I may not let happiness robbers diminish my love for God, for people and for living life to my full potential.  (Paraphrase of Psalm 119)

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