Thursday, August 23, 2007

Hrm... this got me thinking...

I was kicking back today reading “Make a name for yourself” by Scott Ginsberg (aka That guy who wears a nametag 24/7). Great book – lots of neat, easy to implement ideas.

But then I just read this one part where Scott encourages you to complete the sentence… “To me happiness is…”

Hrrm… I was stumped! Now I fully believe that you attract what you focus on, but here I was unable to answer that question easily! I thought to myself, "How can I be attracting happiness if I can’t even define it!".

It was a great lesson for me to sit down and run through the possibilities…

Here are some earlier drafts:

To me happiness is…
being in the company of amazing people
achieving my goals
anything that makes me smile
not answering this stupid question because I can’t answer it!!!!
cupcakes, daffodils and a good night’s sleep
feeling a sense of accomplishment

I wasn’t happy with any of these responses and it took me about a day before I came up with one I was happy with.

So let me leave you with some wise words from Scott Ginsberg…

1. Figure out how you would complete to following sentence: “To me, happiness is ______________.”
2. Make sure the answer doesn’t hurt anybody, including yourself.
3. Guard it with your life.
4. Commence happiness.

And if you want to know what my eventual answer was – email me: and tell me your answer!

By Kirsty Dunphey with 2 comments


Hi Kirsty,

Found your blog through a newsletter from a speaker up here is Brisbane.

So I get the honour of posting the first comment...?

I must say that I am always a little suspicious at attempts to nail down definitions of happiness. After all - if we nailed it down and then clung to it we would all still be eating McDonalds for every meal, staying up till midnight, and watching ninja turtles, right? (Okay, maybe just I would).

But here's my definition: happiness is flow.

When you flow, you get about as close to happiness as a human can get.

And your definition?

Hi James

My definition of Happiness is as follows: the moment in time when you make a new memory that looking back on it later makes you smile.

I agree with your point about nailing it down!

Also - we posted a whole heap of our weekly email reader's "Happiness is" on our newsletter - email us: if you'd like a list


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