Friday, July 13, 2012

Worry, But Be Happy Anyway...

The concept of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" is sound enough, but not really very realistic.  We will worry, the key is, to be happy anyway.

Recently I was speaking to a group of professional women about how to use Social Media for small business.  Aside from teaching the nuts and bolts of how to use Social Media, I also teach theory, and what to post (and what not to post!).

"Always be an encouragement!"  I said.  "Be happy; so many people aren't happy, and you just may be the only light they see that day.  When you're the light, people will be drawn to you, people want to be around happy people! Ultimately, people want to do business with happy people".

One woman sort of scoffed and said:  "No one is happy all the time; that's just being inauthentic".

I was taken aback for a moment, my business, after all, is structured on the foundation of building authentic relationships, then, shaking my head I replied:  "You may not actually be happy, however, you can still spread happiness.  It isn't really about you being happy in the moment, it's about being genuinely concerned about the happiness of those around you.  You might just surprise yourself by becoming happier just by spreading happiness and encouragement to those around you.  If you are focusing on your own discontent, the discontent will grow; if you focus on serving up encouragement to others, you'll find your own spirit being lifted!"

It really is true.

Make a point today to encourage others with abandon!  Check back in with me, and let me know how you feel by the end of the day.

Live a wonderful weekend!