Happiness: Cause or effect?

Abe Lincoln said, “People are generally about as happy as they’re willing to be.” Michael Josephson in his blog states that, “Our happiness depends not on what happens to us, what what happens in us.” Since happiness is a feeling, not a circumstance, it may be time to tune into your feeling on a daily basis to be more in touch with your personal sense of happiness.

So, what is cause? What is effect. Cause is “what makes something happen.”  Effect is “what happens.” What are you making happen in your life that can “cause happiness?” The next question is, what happens inside you as a result?

How happy are you willing to be? What are your signs of happiness? Are you sharing these happy feelings? Take stock of how positively you focus your self-talk or inner dialogue. Too much negative talk can create stress, depression, anger or worse. How you frame your world has a lot to do with your happiness. Make sure you are taking time to “be happy” and express it. Continue to look within and find the feeling of happiness for strength, courage and sharing.

By the way, smiling goes a long way to turn toward happiness. Smiles are a gift, so give freely.

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.