The Book on Happiness
Earlier this year, I wrote the book on happiness. It's called The Post-College Guide to Happiness. I think it's interesting seeing the reactions that friends, family and acquaintances have when I've talked about writing this book. The first thing that people ask me is if I'm happier having written "the book on happiness," and honestly I can say that I am.
First of all, I have been planning to write this book for several years now. When you set out to do something and you actually accomplish it from start to finish, you can't help but feel a sense of pride, which is certainly a contributor to happiness. As I state in the book, when you sit down and study happiness, you are more likely to experience happiness yourself. Happiness is something that you have to work on at least a little bit each day and by contributing daily toward the writing of the book, I was essentially taking a daily recommended dose of joy.
People also tend to question how I could write the book on happiness while being so young. At the time of this post, I have yet to celebrate my 30th birthday. This is one of the reasons I referred to the book as "post-college" (a period of time that I have now experienced). I think that many of the decisions people make that affect their happiness levels later in life have to do with some of the major ones right after going to school. This is often when newly minted adults choose where they want to live, who they want to be with and what they want to do. Happiness is affected by those circumstantial aspects of life, but it's even more influenced by your thoughts and beliefs. If you are settling for a career that's beneath you because you believe you aren't good enough for something better, it won't matter if you make a lot of money from it and move up the ranks of the company, you're likely to be unhappy because you didn't believe in yourself from the get go. I think that people in their 20s need to make happiness a priority because if they don't, they may miss out on deeply enjoying this exciting and vibrant time.
Lastly, I find that some of the people who think they don't need such a book are the same ones who complain to me day in and day out about their jobs, relationships and general life path. To them I say, read the book on happiness, read my book, because I think it's possible for people to love what they do nearly all day long. Why spend time doing something you hate just for money or power or stability? Why not live the life you want? It is for you wonderful people, that I've written this book, to help you change your lives for the better!
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