Happiness and control

Happiness and control

Hi again and as many of you would know, I receive regular emails from Lou Tice, an American who as far as I understand, established The Pacific Institute.

Many, if not all of these mailings are relevant to happiness so with full acknowledgement I’m pleased to bring today’s message to you about “feeling good” (which is, obviously, part of happiness).

Winner’s Circle Network with Lou Tice – 6/7/07 – “Who Makes You Feel Good?”

Who’s in control of what makes you feel good? Today, let’s talk about how you can dramatically increase the joy in your life.

Everyone likes to feel good. However, too many people seem to believe feeling good is something that happens to them, rather than something they create themselves. When they feel badly, they just wait for it to pass, hoping something will happen to make them feel better.

But what if they had a plan for pleasure? What if you had such a plan? I’ll bet that you already know lots of things that make you feel good when you do them. Have you ever thought about making a list of these things? Do you really enjoy listening to music? Cooking a delicious meal? Watching a Marx Brothers movie? How about playing Monopoly with good friends, or reading a great detective novel?

If you had a list of a couple of dozen things you could count on for a good time, you’d have plenty of options the next time you wanted to create a pleasure-producing experience. My own list includes playing with my grandchildren, riding on our ranch in Eastern Washington and enjoying the magnificent scenery, planning a project with my wife, Diane, or coming up with an idea to improve something we are already doing.

In fact, because I’ve been working on it for so long, my list now contains hundreds of things I can do to create a good time for myself and others. You see, I want to be the one in charge of my happiness, and I’m not willing to leave something that important to chance. What about you? Are you ready to take charge of your own happiness?

Lou Tice

The Pacific Institute