People sometimes ask me if I read a lot about psychology or how to be happy. Or they want to know what caused this transformation in my life, from depressed to genuinely happy and in love with life. Here’s the weird place where I learned how to be happy.
The Weird Place Where I Learned How to Be Happy | How to Find Happiness
And the truth is, I don’t read that much about happiness, or at least I don’t go searching for it. Instead, it comes from somewhere a lot more unconventional.
Here’s the deal: almost everything I’ve learned about happiness and personal development has come from reading about business and entrepreneurship (which is my passion).
I’ve actually bought a lot of books from people like Deepak Chopra or recommended by Oprah to improve your life, and I have a ton of Kindle samples downloaded to my iPad that I have yet to read, but mostly I just read business books. I have all these good intentions to read those types of books and then I never do. It’s actually kind of funny. :). I don’t even read fiction books.
In my spare time you can find me reading books like The Success Principles and watching videos from business coaches like Marie Forleo and listening to audios by Kat Loterzo and Ali Brown.
And I have to say, the entrepreneurship world has the absolute BEST advice about how to be happy and live life on your terms. There are so many gems in the business advice about doing what you love that have the by-product of being really happy. Because sometimes depression is caused by living a life that we want no part of.
If you’re stuck in a job you hate, it’s really easy to get depressed and suddenly everything in the world seems a little darker. But these business books encouraged me to follow my dreams and do what I’m passionate about, and that has made a monumental difference in my levels of happiness.
Sometimes it’s not even about the outcome, but just that we give it a go to chase after our dreams.
- How to Be Happy Consistently
- 5 Beliefs I Changed to Be Happy
- 10 Things Happy People Do Differently
- 7 Common Ways to Be Happy in Life
- How to Be Happy Anytime
In addition to that, following my dreams has brought up all my “stuff” and forced me to deal with it head on if I want to continue making progress. As an entrepreneur, lack of confidence and motivation (which can be part of depression) are detrimental to making progress in your business.
The other day I read this book called Overcoming Underearning by Barbara Stanny and she said that under-earning is a sign of low self esteem. I totally thought this book would be about specific financial strategies to improve your money life, but instead it was 100% about doing the internal work and improving yourself that it take to succeed. I never expected that a book about personal finance would lead me to uncover where I was having self esteem issues still, but it did.
So whether you decide to read some entrepreneurship books or you have a passion of your own, sometimes happiness can come in the most unexpected places. Follow your dreams, and along the way you’ll discover more about yourself than you ever thought possible. And you may finally did the happiness you’ve been looking for.