I recently overheard a couple of acquaintances discussing the many health, career, and financial challenges that they and their family had gone through in the past couple of years. As the conversation continued, one reminded the other that we really don’t have any control over the external forces that enter our lives, and that the only thing we truly do have control over is our attitude and response to such events in our lives. I further listened as one described that no matter how bad the situation has been, they were doing their best to stay positive and move forward. 

It reminded me of the often-heard quote that is credited to Abraham Lincoln, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Now, more than ever before, individuals are attempting to discover the secret to happiness. Fortunately, there has been a significant amount of research being conducted on people who are happy and thriving, even during challenging times. What have researchers discovered in this area… in its simplest form, the key to happiness is living a life that is centered around one’s own values. In other words, no matter what trials and tribulations come into our lives, maintaining an attitude and responding in ways that are in accordance with our personal values and are in sync with our authentic self, is the key to our level of happiness. This mindset will enable our happiness to blossom, regardless as to the challenges ahead. While this frame of mind may be harder to construct on our tougher days, I believe we all have the ability to get there. 

With that framework in mind, let me wish you all a Happy Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year!