Changing the Way You Think About Happiness

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As a kid, my Mom was a big fan of Dr. Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power and his Power of Positive Thinking. Dr. Schuller’s lessons stayed with me while I was growing up and I became a “glass is half full” kind of person in nearly everything I do. One of the other things I became was a goal oriented person. Everytime I achieved one goal, I would celebrate briefly and then set a new goal.

Shawn Achor (in the video below) has inspired me to look at goal setting in a slightly different way. Mr. Achor argues that people who are happy are better able to work than those who work and think that should make them happy. Please watch the video and let me know if you agree with my assessment of the video. I’d also like to know if you agree with Mr. Achor’s argument about achieving happiness.

A Novel that Became An Experience…

Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! by Ralph NaderLast Summer during the time that Boarders Bookstores were going out of business, my husband and I made a trip to the Roseville store to see if there was anything interesting. I remember buying a few books, but the one that caught my eye and held my attention was Ralph Nader‘s “Only the Super-Rich can Save Us!” It’s a novel that puts out the idea that a retired (or nearly so) group of uber-wealthy celebrities and business leaders pool their resources and influence to start a movement to take control of the United States from the powerful corporations and return it to that of The People. This was an engaging book with inspired ideas for making positive and helpful changes to the ‘click here‘ culture and economy of the US.

What I found most intriguing about this book – and the timing of my reading of it – is that Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement started in the following October (2011). I’m not saying this book was behind the start of that movement. I just find the timing of it…interesting. Both the efforts of the cast of characters in Mr. Nader’s novel and the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Movement felt more sincere, authentic, and real to me than anything ever done by the Tea Party Movement in 2010. The stories and signs of the Occupiers were genuine and intelligent. The people were supporting each other – not just socially, but also with food, shelter, clothing, and emotional support. I saw compassion, caring and a desire to work together for a better future in the Occupy Movement. In the Tea Party Movement I saw ignorance, racism, hatred, name-calling, and a huge misunderstanding of history and what the Founding Fathers intended for our country (FREE DOWNLOAD).

In ”Only the Super-Rich can Save Us!” the central cast of characters are working to inspire regular people to work together to help one another, let their voices be heard, and begin to understand exactly how much power The People really do have when they set their minds to it. Margaret Mead once said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Mr. Nader’s book does a good job of reminding us of that. While it’s not used in the book, I am also reminded of a quote by Thomas Jefferson:

“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”

Sadly, President Jefferson’s hope did not come to pass during his lifetime nor in the time leading up to my lifetime.

I don’t see ALL corporations or rich and influential people as intrinsically evil. Those that ARE evil are the ones who are only out to make themselves rich at the expense of everyone else – including their own posterity. Ruining the economy for short-term gain is evil. Destroying the environment for profit is evil. Scaring people in order to win votes is evil. Extreme conservatism AND extreme liberalism are evil. Sadly, until the Occupy Movement sprang up, there didn’t seem to be anyone except the frightened – spurred on by extremists – speaking up.

I have seen some reviews of this book that call it a manifesto. I can see where they might come to that conclusion, but I disagree with it. Mr. Nader called it “…a fictional vision that could become a new reality.” I encourage you to read it for yourself and comment below. I’d love to discuss this book with you!

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