The secret to substantial happiness

You’ve already set some significant goals for 2013. Today, I’m going to ask you to set one more: the focused goal to become a better person.

You are going to do that by making a commitment to:

  •   paying less attention to yourself and more attention to other people
  •   focus on opportunities, not challenges and problems
  •   listening with more attention
  •   only criticise when your criticism is constructive and helpful
  •   try to never speak badly about anyone
  •   reduce your tendency to complain about anything
  •   perform an act of kindness every day
  •   stop sweating the small stuff

These actions will have a profound effect on your happiness. The secret to substantial and enduring happiness in life is usually about doing less for yourself and more for others.

I’m probably sharing a blinding flash of the obvious with you, but every day I meet up with people who falter with these basic fundamentals. I’m sure you’ve discovered that putting others first is a commitment that requires constant attention. Renew that commitment today.

Nothing will have a more positive impact on your life than improving your rapport skills and becoming a better person.

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketing consultant, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.     

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