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This is the first in a series of blogs on the topic of happiness. At times it is difficult to find happiness.  The circumstances of life get in the way. Things change. People change. Turn on the news and you can feel sorrow pretty quickly. It is easier to complain than to compliment. The squeaky wheel seems to always get the grease.

I find myself wondering at times if being nice is really worth it and why we let the negative ones impact us. Each Tuesday, I conduct a leadership lunch and learn at our main office. This time we are studying The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. He’s the guy who taught the famed happiness course at Harvard and has now written a best seller about the very topic.

My leadership lunch and learns are optional and first come first serve. Turns out the ones who signed up seem to be some of the happiest people on our staff. Ironic huh? Maybe not. Turns out they are searching for happiness too, and they also want to spread it! Good stuff. We have already learned that “happiness” is a way of thinking and that we must train our brain to re-think feelings and situations, remembering it is easier to complain or be negative. Next week we will learn how happiness can trickle down into the workplace. Stay tuned.

My group discussed some of the following to help boost our daily happiness. We acknowledged how “happiness” was a daily if not hourly mind set. One must create their own happiness in order to be happy. Here are some ways we thought could help with a happy mindset:

Find your purpose

Create meaningful relationships and associate with happy people

Find the good in each day

Be grateful

Be open to change when the time comes and embrace it

We may not be able to control all that happens to us, but we can control how we handle the situation by the way we think and act. Don’t wait to be happy. Start today and find your happiness by training your brain to think happy thoughts. It isn’t easy. Waiting for happiness to find us limits our success. Positivity boosts motivation. Go find your HAPPY! 😊


shelly henderson

Shelly Henderson
Shelly Henderson
Shelly calls herself a “Charlottean” because her family has been there since her elementary school days. She serves as Henderson Properties’ co-founder, along with her husband Phil, managing the day-to-day operations, social media branding and leadership development. She is proud of her athletic accomplishments in golf both at the collegiate level at Appalachian State and for a short stint on the LPGA Futures Tour. Her different life experiences, both positive and challenging, earned the title to her first book Starting From Scratch. Shelly has a servant’s heart and leads her company with purpose and passion. She is mom to two sons who continue as young adults to make her heart swell.