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How About You... Are You Happy?

I like to be around happy people. They are full of energy, and just plain fun to be around. A good friend and spiritual leader in my life, Robert W. (Bob) Taylor, often said: "If you are happy, you better tell your face."

Happiness in life and business all depends on you. Dr. Gerald Bell, a Professor at Kenan-Flagler Graduate school of Business at the University of North Carolina said, "You are 100% responsible for your own happiness. Other people are not responsible. Your parents aren't responsible. Your spouse is not responsible. You alone are. So if you are not happy, it's up to you to change something. It's not up to someone else..." I agree!

If you are not happy in your business life, you have two options:

1. Make the changes, even if they are difficult, and get back on track to happiness. In other words, what were you doing in business when you were happy? Get back to that.

2. Get out of business. Sell it or close it. You may be happier working for someone else, taking up a different interest, or even retiring.

An interesting study, led by Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, at UC, Riverside found that "Many of us assume that success creates happy people. But the truth is that frequently the happiness comes first." You can learn more about the study here.

Greg McAfee
Greg McAfee
HVAC Business Consultant