Your Happiness Depends on You – Attitude (Episode 28)
In this new season, we address the 10 Essential Lessons for Life. The first one here is on attitude – that powerful thing only we can control. There are four critical components philosopher William James lays out, and we tackle them on this episode.
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Podcast Notes – It’s About That…Attitude
Links Referenced in the Podcast:
Digital Nomad Summit: Juggling business and family while on the road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5B-TAj_uvOw&feature=youtu.be
William James: The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by changing his attitude. https://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/history-of-happiness/william-james/
10 Essential Lessons For Life – It’s all About That Attitude: https://www.mamasaysnamaste.com/life-lessons-attitude/
Wisdom Meets Passion: This was written by my father and brother and it’s pretty incredible if I do say so myself! Think beyond what you know and challenge the norms – be educated in what you are going to do to make an impact on the world! https://amzn.to/2fV1UR6
37 Days of Different: If you’re stuck in sameness and don’t know how to get it, this sweet and easy little read is a perfect first step. Pick one and do it daily! https://amzn.to/2xqKsz5
Man’s Search for Meaning: This is one of those heavy, pivotal books that shapes the way you perceive the world. Written by a holocaust survivor, Victor Frankl explores how his attitude got him through the concentration camps, and what really kept survivors alive through the darkness. https://amzn.to/2BtYhuD
Four Main Ingredients for a Happy Life:
From what has been said, we can abstract four main ingredients for a happy life, according to James:
Happiness requires Choice: the world in itself is a neutral flux of “booming blooming confusion,” hence it is entirely up to us whether to view it as positive, negative, or as absent of all meaning.
Happiness requires Active Risk-taking: happiness is not produced merely by thinking or by resigning oneself to life’s circumstances, but rather by taking bold risks and acting on possibilities that come from the “heart’s center,” the Real Self within.
Happiness involves “As-if” thinking: while we cannot prove rationally that freewill exists or that life is meaningful, acting “as if” we are free or “as if” there is an ultimate meaning in life will through that very activity produce a free and meaningful life.
Happiness often comes after a Crisis of Meaning: throughout history, the happiest people often record going through a deep depression caused by a sense of the loss of meaning…these events should not be repudiated but welcomed since only through them is the “Twice-born” sense of renewal possible.
Your challenge this week:
Own your emotions – let them roll through you. But don’t become a victim. Choose happiness. Choose to move forward. Ask yourself what you can learn from this, and be the example for your children. Have them watch you do an “attitude adjustment”.
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*Podcast music by the awesome Renee & Jeremy who cover “Put a Little Love In Your Heart” by Jackie DeShannon. Props to both of them for this beautiful rendition that epitomizes what I want for families!