My point was simple.
In the presence of other people, especially inside a crowded room where you didn’t know everybody, the answer was always going to be ‘yes’.
But the problem is that your answer may be more of a conditioned habit than you realize.
And that’s where the danger starts.
Because to admit that you are not happy, is vulnerable.
To confess or disclose that you need guidance on how to find happiness may feel rather scary.
After all, what do you really have to complain about?
That’s the kind of response you’ve either experienced or fear experiencing if you were to reveal your Truth. And so you bottle it up and begin the simple, yet profoundly damaging process of lying to yourself.
Where even in private, you convince yourself that authentic ‘happiness’ is not the problem.
You have your health.
You have financial stability.
You have education or at very least, accessibility to higher learning at the click of your fingers.
It seems defeatist, terrifying and without question completely wrong to be absent the one thing that we all believe we should own outright (which we should. But more on that later).
But how to find happiness is not an incredibly popular topic online or in the abyss known as the self-help industry for no reason. It is a quantifiable issue that plagues millions of people.
I know people who are in ill-health, but truly and completely happy.
I know wealthy people who prosper financially but are not happy at all.
I know people who are well educated, but entirely unhappy.
So then, what is the key?
The great secret of how to find happiness?
As I stared out into the vast audience, I was able to detect that I had propelled them to a state that very much reflects how you’re likely feeling right now…
What is the answer to that question?
I told them what I am telling you.
In all the research I did on the critical factors of happiness, it seems one specific, collective item unifies the world at large; completely unites one of humanities greatest needs.
The sense of belonging.
Millions of people were surveyed worldwide and less than 33% of respondents declared themselves to be ‘very, very happy’.
Less than one-third.
Moreover, countries like Nigeria, Mexico and Puerto Rico ranked proportionally among the ‘happiest’ and ‘most fulfilled’ populations in the world.
Which means that financial stability, safety or protection from crime and access to education aren’t at all the Truths regarding how to find happiness.
But when asked why they felt ‘very, very happy’ a vast majority of respondents indicated that ‘a sense of belonging and community’ were at the top of their priorities in life.
No matter how much we’ve bought into the commercial, Disney Land, so it seems, is not actually the happiest place on earth.
I want to tell you that it’s ok.
That allowing your Truth (if it is your Truth) is the only viable means of learning how to find happiness.
Give you permission to lose the societal conditioning that just because you have your health, money and/or education, not feeling completely, truly happy is still reasonable (if that is your Truth).
If anything, FTR Nation is a 100% ‘No Judgement’ zone.
I have a few more key insights for you in this video and then on Friday, I’ll give you the answer you’ve been waiting for:
Share some of your great secrets on how to find happiness? Scroll down and leave your comments below…
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