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In this month’s edition, SUCCESS talks with The Happiness Project’s Gretchen Rubin about finding time to build happiness in your life. We also chat with husband-wife happiness researcher about cultivating long-term goal. Finally, we go into the Jim Rohn archive to hear classic audio about carefully crafting a life of happiness.
“Before I started “The Happiness Project,” I never thought about happiness. Once we do start thinking about it, we have a good idea of the things that would make us happier. It’s just the struggle to stop and reflect on that.”
Happiness is an elusive and subjective concept. Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author, co-host of the popular podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin and one of the leading experts on habits and happiness, says rather than trying to define or imagine what it looks like, we should focus on building it in our individual lives. After all, studies who 40 percent of happiness is in our control, in our conscious thoughts and actions. In this interview with SUCCESS contributing editor Mel Robbins, Rubin stresses how important relationships are to building happiness. Plus, learn Rubin’s four habit tendency types—Upholder, Obliger, Questioner and Rebel—and learn the ways your type affects how you react to inner and outer expectations.
Are you content with your life, or are you consistently striving to grow? SUCCESS Happiness Guy Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan, a happiness researcher and author of Broadcasting Happiness, say that pockets of joy in life are the ones you find while aspiring to become better than you were yesterday. In this husband-and-wife interview, Achor and Gielan answer readers’ questions including how to spark happiness in relationships and maintain joy amid the struggles of parenthood, and how men and women pursue happiness different. In the workplace, listen why Achor and Gielan say you should save every positive feedback email for the days when negativity surrounds you—because happiness and joy are found in life’s smallest moments.
“Happiness is the joy you feel moving toward your potential because it actually contains two elements: gratitude for the present moment, but also an aspirational move toward growth and potential in the future. The joy becomes fuel for wanting to see what our brain’s potential actually is and how much we can actually help the world.”
For more than 40 years, Jim Rohn honed his craft like a skilled artist-helping people the world over sculpt life strategies that have expanded their imagination of what is possible. Those who had the privilege of hearing him speak can attest to the elegance and common sense of his material. In this clip from one of his most popular audio programs, Challenge to Succeed, Rohn describes his belief that happiness is an art. “Happiness must be carefully woven on its own,” says Rohn. Fortunately, however he describes how anyone can learn and practice it as long as they don’t leave it to chance.
SUCCESS Talks features fascinating interviews with prominent business, creative and thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Anne Sweeney, Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss and Barbara Corcoran. SUCCESS Talks focuses on helping the listener nurture and develop their mind, body and spirit. Each month is thematically different and includes key takeaways designed to help you achieve your biggest goals and live your true passion.
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