Things happen, trauma happens. That is life! Studies show only 1 out of 3 Americans would consider themselves to actually be “happy.” Talk about sad!

Are you one of those 3? If you are, that means 2 of your friends aren’t happy. It also means two-thirds of the people you work with aren’t happy. My plan isn’t to bring you down here, but I do want to put some huge expectations into perspective.

It seems like there is a huge group of people who just live in a constant state of gray skies. The glass is always half empty, people are all out to get them, break their trust, hurt them.

But the truth is happy people are not only healthier, but they get make more money! Happy people get promoted. All because clients and other people would much rather work with a happy person!

But does being “happy” mean you have zero problems? No, it certainly does not! I think back to a time in my life when I was in Arkansas with my husband and son looking at property. We had been talking about relocating our company and were looking into several different places to move. Eventually our company ended up here in Texas, but I will never forget that trip to Arkansas.

That morning the weather was perfect, we had this great joyous day, smiling, looking at new opportunities and so excited. And suddenly my phone rang. My daughter suffered a double aneurism and was being rushed to San Francisco.

If you’re one of those people who is constantly battling the gray skies, who is always seeing the glass as half-empty you might read this story as proof that life really is depressing! But if doom is your best friend, then it’s probably overdue for you two to spend some time apart.

Because happiness is a habit. Just like sadness is. You could focus on the fear, panic and distress I felt that day my phone rang. Or you can choose to be, how I am now, so thankful my daughter is still alive and now a mother of her own child!

Sometimes life has a way of conditioning you to always see the bad side of things. You have to actively live in the bright side!

You’ve probably heard the theory that if you are filling a glass of water, it is half-full. If you are emptying the glass of water, it’s half-empty. So what are you doing every day to FILL your glass? If you just let it keep emptying out, it will empty out along with your confidence, your drive and your dreams. Fill it with a little “happy!”

It starts slow, but like I said it’s a habit. You have to start slow and just keep adding every day. Try to steer clear of your good buddies doom and gloom. Because this simple change in mindset and how you view things will not only make you happy, but it will better your relationships, your profits and your career! All because more people will want to be around you.

This Monday morning I just wanted to share a quick message of encouragement to start off your week. Let’s look at all the great opportunities this week has to offer you, instead of all the negatives. Leave me your comments on this and remember to Like and Share this note of encouragement.

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In great faith,

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