I always wondered why Yuni (my 12-year old daughter) seems to be always happy. She has a jolly disposition. She would always greet people as if everything is always fine. So one night, I asked her what she thought about the reason that makes people happy. She gave me that answer.
And, I thought that it makes sense.
At the recent National Achievers Congress Philippines (NACPH) 2016, “The Pursuit of Wealth and Happyness”, her answer came to mind while listening to Andrew Matthews (a Masterful Illustrator, International Speaker and a Bestselling Author). According to Matthews, at 25 years old, he realized that the happiest people he knew have more problems than he did. Which did not make sense to him then. He then discovered that being happy, however, was a decision they made. It was never an accident.
It is a choice — a daily decision.
Everyday, there is that huge chance that we will hit a fork in the road. And this provides uncertainty that could lead to unwanted situations — traffic violation tickets, hitting low in the stock market or getting the pink slip. Matthews said, nonetheless, that there are people who always choose to look at things positively.
He said our happiness is anchored on how we react to dire situations. And should bear in mind that people around us don’t expect us to be perfect. Instead, people expect us to be real. He said that we could be the only one holding ourselves from being happy. He then used the example of people when answering phones that even if they are so angry, they can suddenly shift to a jolly tone. An evidence that we can control our emotions, and likewise our happiness — he emphasized.
Matthews, then, shared to the audience happiness as an “influencer” to how we do things. He asked the audience who wants to be happy, and why is it important to them. According to him, based on research on happy people, happiness can improve our productivity and efficiency. He said:
…Happy managers solve problems 20% faster.
…Happy surgeons makes 20% less mistakes.
…Happy companies spend less re-training personnel.
Friends, there were so many things I got from listening to Matthews that what I am sharing here pale in comparison to all his insights at NACPH 2016. That is why I am encouraging all of you to attend the next run of the event. But one thing that I would like all of you to always remember (as what I gathered from him) was the debunking of this myth.
Myth: When you are successful, you are happy.
Truth: When you are happy, you become successful.
Remember, happy and successful people know that life is one challenge after another, and always that way. So they choose to be happy.
That is why happiness is your choice.
Note: NATIONAL ACHIEVERS CONGRESS PHILIPPINES (NACPH) 2016, “The Pursuit of Wealth and Happyness” with Mr. Chris Gardner as Keynote Speaker was held at SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia. The event was brought to us by Laurus Enterprises (LAURUS) and Success Resources Pte. Ltd. (SRPL) with Light Network Channel 33 as the official media partner.
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PS2: Try the following Andrew Matthews’ books. You have to get all of these! So go ahead and click the link(s) to the book(s) of your choice.