The topic of today’s quote is happiness and I’ve got numerous reasons to bring it up.
The first reason that springs to mind though, is that today is a special day in my house -my little girl Maggie turns 2. In case you’re not up to speed, Maggie is my dog and she is the fittest female I know! She does sprints, stair runs and plyometrics every day but by far her most famous quality would be happiness – no matter what!
It’s awesome to have regular reminders of the power of happiness, what it can do for your own wellbeing and how infectious that trait can be on others.
So I dug into my resource file and found this quote from a book called Psychio Cybernetics, from 1960. Motivational and self help experts like Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy have based their techniques on the information in this book.
“I have found that the commonest causes of unhappiness among my patients is that they are attempting to live their lives on the deferred payment plan. They do not live, nor enjoy life now but wait for some future event or occurrence. They will be happy when they get married, get a better job, when they get the house paid for, when they get the children through university, when they have completed some task or won some victory. Invariably, they are disappointed. Happiness is a mental habit, a mental attitude, and if it is not learned and practiced in the present it is never experienced. It cannot be made contingent upon solving some external problem. When one problem is solved another appears to take its place. Life is a series of problems. If you are to be happy at all, you must be happy period… not happy because of.”
Maxwell Maltz – Psycho Cybernetics, 1960
We’re all guilty of “living life on the deffered payment plan” from time to time. Sometimes it takes a gentle reminder through information you see, hear or read. Other times it could be an experience that reminds you to apprciate the little things in life we take for granted every day.
That’s where Maggie is different to us.
She is happy to see me whether I’ve been out for 3 minutes or 3 weeks. Her happiness is so infectious that it doesn’t matter what sort of day I’ve had, I can’t help but be happy to.
I reckon we can all learn something from that.