Why do most people not realize that happiness really does matter? According to, Shawn Achor, an author who speaks in his book “The Happiness Advantage” speaks about how we as a whole push our happiness out past the cognitive horizon so our brains never get to the reward it is after: happiness .

According to Shawn the minute we reach a goal, immediately we need to be or do better and our happiness gets pushed off to the future. The prize carrot, which is on the end of the stick, keeps moving as we get closer. Our happiness becomes just an illusion and we never get to experience our own joy. I am exhausted just writing about it.

Happiness is the ride…not the destination. Today I am most grateful that I get to teach about my favorite subject…happiness. My job as a sales trainer leads me to teach aspiring sales professionals the importance of happiness in my class which I named, Yes! Attitude. In this class I stress the importance of happiness and keeping in a positive mind set. Can anything be more effective in sales? In life for that matter?

My own life experience has taught me the lesson of the importance of putting happiness first. When happiness comes first the burden of doing the work becomes 50% lighter because we are already happy. The burden of our own happiness is not relying on anything outside of ourselves or upon reaching our goal, and in turn the weight of reaching our goal becomes lighter because our happiness is not attached to it’s achievement. It is a double edged sword. Cut the line and be happy now!

Science has proven that happy people are better workers, easier to get along with, are more resilient, get sick less, bounce back faster from set-backs, can solve problems easier and have more brilliant ideas. Who do you want to work for you? Who would you rather be? I choose to be happy!

According to, Neale Donald Walsch, in his book ‘Communion with God‘, the author states: “It is the decision to be happy that creates the experience of being happy.” According to my own life experience I have found this to be true and that is why I say, “Happiness Really Does Matter!”

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