FIGHT for Your RIGHT to be HAPPY

by Connie Podesta

For All Who Need It

When I wrote my book Redefining Happiness, I did so with so many people in mind. My clients. Audience members. Online followers. Friends. Family. Colleagues. I wrote it redefining-happiness-coverbecause I think in our sometimes crazy world we tend to put a lot of things on the top of our to-do lists and somehow happiness, joy, and celebration seemingly creep to the bottom more often than not. We get busy. Overwhelmed. Worked and worked some more. And here’s the crazy part – you won’t believe how many people feel GUILTY about being happy. About self-care. About having fun. About being “off the clock”. STOP.

Here’s the truth: There’s a lot that we CAN’T control in this world and the stress of that makes people so anxious and even fearful. My goal? Is to help people kick that stress to the curb and instead of fighting for their right to be SAD, or ANGRY, or WORRIED – they’ll instead FIGHT for their RIGHT to be HAPPY. Because I can tell you, as someone who speaks to thousands of people a year and who has counseled countless people as a therapist and human behavior expert – when you fight for your HAPPINESS as hard as you fight for status quo – your whole world changes. Your relationships improve. Your quality of life skyrockets. Your success level goes through the roof. It all starts with putting happiness first.

Look, I know a lot of you feel “stuck” sometimes in the doom and gloom. Certainly our mainstream media and election year in-fighting don’t help. We are consuming negativity at alarming rates and most people simply just don’t know how to turn it off. Shut it out. Or make happiness a PRIORITY in their lives. And that’s dangerous to their health. Their well-being. Their careers. And their families. Because that negativity can be a toxin that is hard to get rid of. That’s why I’m double daring you to get on board with me on prioritize happiness and moving it up the rungs of the ladder in your life.

In one of the chapters of my book I liken happiness to a life raft—it is there when you need it the most. It can’t keep the storms away, but it will save you from drowning when you find yourself in the deep end.

• In crisis? It can help you see better, think more clearly, and find the best solution.
• Exhausted? It will give you energy, push you to take care of yourself, and turn fatigue into peace. Scared? It will bring you hope, challenge you to try new things, and give you the courage to persevere. Sad? It will let you see things in perspective. Create an opportunity to think things through. Give you a reason to work your way out.
• Angry? It will (if you let it) calm you down, interject some reason into your thoughts, and stop the blame game. HAPPINESS is an amazing natural tranquilizer, mood enhancer and fuel for the body and soul.

I look forward to sharing more on the topic. So today, I double dare you to write “Be Happy” right above whatever is at the top of your to-do list. It’s a great place to start!

Learn more about defining happiness in your own life by checking out my book Redefining Happiness. You can read the first chapter for free! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have a great one!