2017 Happiness Year
2017 is on the horizon. This is the last show of the year. I’m going to do a bit of a review of the current year for me which, as of this podcast, is 2016. Then I’ll move on to some ideas for 2017. The theme of this episode is going to be putting forth effort in life to produce happiness. The only tool needed is your attention on happiness.
I want to say it very loud and clear here in the podcast as we ring in the 2017 New Year, it is not possible to achieve the highest level of happiness in your life without serving others who have less than you. No matter how many material goods you accumulate, you will not experience the highest level of happiness without using that wealth to assist others along the path. It must be voluntary. A ruler, a royal, an emperor, a bureaucrat will take your stuff and give it to others – and very inefficiently by the way – and you will feel resentment toward that thief and less happy about your wealth. But if you take that same wealth and voluntarily give to those you choose, your level of happiness will skyrocket.
It’s simply about the personal freedom of choice about what makes you happy. The socialist ideology infecting the world today has proven time and time again to be ineffective. Forcing someone to give of their abundance will never work to bring peace and happiness to the world. It is the ability to freely pursue wealth, achieve wealth and freely share the wealth that is the lifeblood of a society. The minute someone steps in and decides for you how your wealth should be distributed, your level of happiness diminishes. And you may think that it is fine because you are increasing the level of happiness of another. However, that is not the case in the end. That is not the result that is achieved.
What is actually happening to those that “have not”? Are they receiving the knowledge, experience, or support that they need to better themselves and their families, not only today, but tomorrow and the next day and the next? What happens if the other receives your wealth without any effort on their part, without any recognition of their ability to create their own happiness? What happens when someone labels them as a victim of circumstances and deems them needy? What happens when resources appear in their world because someone has identified what they need and reinforces the idea that they do indeed need it and the need can only be fulfilled by another who has more and is not willingly contributing. This assumes that the poor individual cannot possibly be creative and responsible and free to live the life they choose. It paints them as weak and dependent upon others for their very basic existence. Their world is one of receiving handouts from others with no self-generation of creativity, pride, or self-respect. How can they be truly happy when their very existence is, again, dependent on a ruler that collects from those that have and gives it to those deemed “have nots”? At the very least they are perpetually labeling themselves as “have nots”. Focus on the idea that you are a “have not” and see what grows in your life.
Now look at it from another perspective. What if we do something different in 2017? What if that same person is not labeled as lacking in some way. What if that same person were given basic resources for services rendered. What if they were required to put their creativity into the equation? What if you asked them, “If you could do anything what would it be?” And what if whatever their answer happened to be, you helped them get the resources, the education, the support they need to create that for themselves? What if you spent your abundant resources of time, money and/or effort helping them achieve their dreams?
Well, that requires a larger investment on your part. It requires you to alter your life. It requires you to give up a little of your free time to help another. It requires you to structure your life around including the needs of others in your plan for happiness. It requires you to include, voluntarily, in your business plan how you will serve others. The most successful businesses have excellent customer service. And that is just the beginning. They have the best product to best serve the needs of their customers. And when they are successful in serving the needs of their customers, and their customers have rewarded them with lots of money and resources to continue expanding to the next level, a portion of that abundance can be siphoned off to a charity of your choice. A charity that you have personally researched. A charity that you have decided can best use your help.
On a smaller scale, before you reach the ultimate height of your monetary abundance, you can take small amounts of cash, and service, and good will and distribute it to individuals. The high that you get from that will stimulate you to greater efforts to make your life successful so that you have more to share. The bottom line is that giving and sharing must come from the heart. It must come from your desire to serve others. When you reach that place in your heart where every action you take toward personal fulfillment is intertwined with your desire to assist others in their fulfillment, you will have reached the heights of happiness.
And I urge you to remember in the coming year 2017 that all of life is movement, motion, making choices, ups and downs, then regaining balance, always striving to better yourself, always striving to have more to share with others. It is the living embodiment of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The quote for today’s podcast comes from Buddha: There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.