How Happy Are You?

Did you ever notice that in many of photos you see of children in third-world countries, they are smiling? Despite the fact that they have problems too, they seem happy in the midst of their situation.

The same doesn't seem to be true in America. Why is that? We have a vastly superior standard of living, access to incredible health care, nice houses, cars, and even smart phones, and yet we seem to obsess over what we don't have: a nicer house, car, clothes, etc.

What do we have that most of the world lacks? Capitalism. It has taken a "nothing" country and catapulted it to the greatest nation in history in less than 250 years. Amazing! We have so much of everything, and still too often we're not happy. Go figure.

For the past 29 years, CPF Texas has been fortunate to work with some of the most successful people in America, and they tend to be happy but not for the reasons you might think. They have problems and challenges just like everyone else, but for the most part, they remain happy. What is their secret?

Here are six things we've observed that they have in common:

1. They have a strong Faith.
2. Are filled with Gratitude for health, family, possessions, opportunity, etc.
3. Because of their Faith and Gratitude, they have a different Perspective on life.
4. As a result, they work to maintain a Positive Attitude - regardless of circumstances.
5. They have a clear sense of Purpose about their life.
6. Lastly, they Help Others who are less fortunate.

There isn't a magic formula that guarantees one's happiness. However, if you follow their example, I'll bet you'll be much happier than before. How happy are you? Why? Why not? What should you change in your life to be happier?