Happiness Brings Success and Don't let the Birds Overhead Make a Nest in Your Hair
By: Carla Cotropia
I am reading a fascinating book and have to share. The book is The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. Achor has an intriguing principal about happiness and success that is backed up by loads of research. Traditionally we have been told that if you work hard you will become successful and once you are successful, you will be happy. Achor says the research shows over and over again that this is faulty thinking. Actually, it works in the reverse. People that are happy are more likely to be successful, prosperous and healthy. In other words, happiness comes first, then success, not the other way around.
Back in the 80s, I had a springer spaniel dog named Emily. I had no idea how to train a dog so I will take all the blame for Emily's bad behavior. She was a nervous girl and hated to ride in the car. One of her unique skills was she loved to swim in the Galveston surf and body surf. She would dive into the Gulf, swim out, then catch the waves, just like a surfer. There would be a wave and then a little dog head would appear from under the wave.