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In the January 2018 Newsletter
  Pursue Happiness / Blog

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

You have a right to pursue happiness and be happy, at least in the United States. For many other countries, not so much. Although you may have the right, are you actually pursuing happiness? Happiness is defined by Merriam-Webster as "(a) a state of well-being and contentment: joy; (b) a pleasurable or satisfying experience."

The conclusion of my related study published in Pursuit of Passionate Purpose, is: "The pursuit of passionate purpose, as well as its attainment, and relationships along the way bring the real rewards in life." Those rewards include tangible results, positive feedback, a stronger self, AND meaning and satisfaction in life. Satisfaction in life is synonymous with happiness.

Impacts on Happiness

Your level of happiness depends on many factors including your age and marital status. Two longitudinal British studies on life satisfaction authored by John Helliwell, an economist at the University of British Columbia, and his former graduate student Shawn Grover, published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, addressed this point.

Susan Pinker, writing in the January 27-28, 2018 Wall Street Journal, summarized the studies by saying, "...happiness is U-shaped across the adult life-span, meaning it normally rises when we're young adults, drops during middle age when life's stresses and existential questions loom large, and then rises again as older adults regain their equilibrium." She continued, "...married people were 10% more satisfied than people who were single and were more likely to stay that way. While cohabiting couples were happier than single folks, they were only three-quarters as happy as marrieds — a close marital bond spurs long-term happiness."

Practical Pointers in Pursuing Happiness

FIND AND PURSUE PASSIONATE PURPOSE. Passionate purpose is an intention or goal pursued with passion — intense enthusiasm, zeal, fervor, and interest. As a purpose connected to the Pursuer's values and gifts, it is significant. The more meaningful the purpose, the more intense is the passion and the more noteworthy is the impact. The pursuit is a 4-step process which includes: know and nurture the person, find passionate purpose, pursue purpose, and assess progress.
PERSIST. Persistence is the act of steadily pursuing purpose despite hindrances or obstacles. Effective Passionate Pursuers mindfully persevere with focused determination toward their goal using a divide-and-conquer approach. Once committed to a clear purpose or destination, they divide the journey into parts, working with unrelenting will until conquering the whole. Learn more in Ch. 9, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose.
ALLOW. Allowing is also called surrender, non-resistance, letting go, or equanimity. Effective Passionate Pursuers maintain clarity about what they want, while allowing how they get it to unfold. They are receptive to options and without attachment to a certain outcome, yet they remain persistent. In an article on happiness in Psychology Today, actor Michael J. Fox states, "My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations." Learn more in Ch. 10, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose.
CONNECT. Don't try to do it alone. The most effective Passionate Pursuers are connected to the web of life. This support network includes the self as well as the right people, animals, plants, spiritual forces, and environment. Proper people are the greatest energizer for pursuits and improper people are the biggest hindrance. It's vital to build relationships with and bring along on life's journey the proper people and support web. These serve as positive forces. Bring the proper people along and lessen the impact of the improper ones. Learn more in Ch. 11, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose.

Summary

You have the right to pursue happiness. Don't wait — start fresh now. Here's how: find and pursue passionate purpose, persist, allow, and connect with others along the way. You will reap real rewards including meaning and satisfaction in life!

Practical Information for You

GIVE THE GIFT OF PASSIONATE PURPOSE. You can buy my book at the Passionate Purpose Store. It's a meaningful gift that keeps on giving.

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Don't Wait — Resolve and Start Fresh!

Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D., CMC®
Radish CEO, Entrepreneur, Certified Management Consultant, Author, and Speaker

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