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3 Secrets to Happiness by James Altucher


James Altucher posted this wonderful image on Facebook today that I thought I just had to share.  It’s called “the 3 secrets to happiness” and the image poignantly points out the 3 essential needs in life to be happy.  He is talking about lifelong happiness, not the momentary euphoria one feels when something good happens.  Check out the image below and comment as to whether you agree with him or not.  

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In the image, he states that the three secrets to happiness are:

1) BE AS “FREE” AS POSSIBLE
This is what “free” means: I once had a boss and I was always afraid what he would say to me. Like, if he said, “good job” I would feel good about myself and if he said, “bad job,” then I would feel bad about myself. Being free means you don’t give that power to any person or any goal or any object or any situation. Don’t even give yourself that power. Don’t dwell on the past or the future or anyone’s opinion or anything else. Just choose to be happy with yourself right now. That’s freedom.

2) DEVELOP COMPETENCE
We used to live in a world where credentials mattered. What letters you had by your name. Where you went to school. What pieces of paper you had hanging on the wall that had your name on them. None of that matters anymore. The only thing that matters today is Making Things Happen. Can you get things done? Can you solve difficult problems? The good news: most people don’t realize this. They’re still stuck in the world of credentials. Now is your opportunity to pass them by.

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3) BUILD GOOD RELATIONSHIPS
Most people think they have no choice but to accept toxic relationships in their life. Family members that yell at them. Friends that tear them down. Lovers that are constant drama. But always remember: no one in the universe is more deserving of love than you. And just like putting on your oxygen mask in a falling plane, you can’t put love into the world until you love yourself first. Give yourself permission to cut negative people from your life, and surround yourself with people who bring out the best in your.

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Netflix enthusiast, horrible speller, jiujitsu hobbyist, weekend drinker, and occasional poker player. Favorite quote is "[o]ut of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."

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