So here this story goes , why is happiness a perception .
And how Amy can we change our perceptions ? Good question .
Every morning I leave Starbucks I see a homeless man sitting in his car . Rusted and blue missing all its paint . The man is worn from life's regrets , he is dirty and tired . But none of that matters when he is sitting in front of Starbucks every morning . Why you are wondering .....
There he sits , coffee and old cell phone in hand waving it around trying to catch the free wifi Starbucks offers from his car
You can see the joy on the mans face
A peaceful moment .
Us Americans , we find happiness in plastic surgery or expensive cars . We set goals to become rich and to attain wealth
When it's not achieved people commit suicide .
I once did financial advising , home loans
I had a man call me , he was sobbing , he had lost everything . He killed himself on the phone . My job as an advisor a counselor , to consol him at that moment was to tell him things will get better .
His perception that all his happiness was in his things .
Third world countries rely on just finding food and water as a daily goal . They have no understanding what a selfie is or fake lips or boobs or eating disorders .
Yet we bullie and harass one another on appearance because we are not happy within ourselves .
What's your perception ? Is it keeping you from the big picture ?
If we generated happiness into giving
And loving , instead of into things or ideas then happiness would become tangible .
Not just a perceived idea of what is mine what I need what you need keeps us divided . 1 out 3 Americans are on medication for depression . 1 out of 5 suffer from obesity . This is an internal problem .
Where is our joy ?
My best moments in life are from family and friends , from great leaders lending a helping hand or people showing unconditional love .
Don't base your happiness on 1 thing .
Yes set goals of course . Strive to be your best , be successful .
But don't make it your identity .
Be you . Be different . Smile .