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Happiness, it seems, is something that we have all searched for, experienced, or maybe even longed for. A couple of Sunday’s ago, I was reading the Star Tribune and a headline caught my attention that said, “STAYING HAPPY IS A MATTER OF WANTING TO.”
The article goes on to tell a story about a professor that had been longing for a job for 12 years. Once he finally achieved the job, he was not necessarily happier. In the end, it was not the job that made him happier, but the actions he choose which included running and meditation and a disposition of contentment. Happiness seems to be all too often expected to be a state that is done unto us rather that by us. This all too common experience has left many, including myself, wondering what the key to happiness is.
In a recent research study from the University of Missouri in Columbia and the University of California and Riverside found that people who continued to appreciate a positive change were more likely to sustain a happiness boost. What does this mean? I believe it ties back to what the Dalai Lama said, “Happiness is not something that is ready made, it comes from your own actions.” In simpler words… we are as happy as we choose to be.
This Friday’s focus really ties back to some of the words and wisdom we heard from Willow Sweeny at back to school workshop. One of the most critical pieces that I heard was the fact that we CHOOSE to keep our day and not give it away. Believe me; I know that there are days that are harder to keep than others as I continue to have my bucket dipped and seemingly endless shots taken at my confidence and self-efficacy. With each of these experiences comes a choice. I can live above the line or go below the line for short term gain in blaming someone else. This later choice may feel good… short term… but it does not sustain my happiness.
If we can continue to live above the line at work, I believe that we will continue to sustain an environment that is contagious of happiness and success. If we can continue to focus on, in the words of Willow, “A Positive View of Life, Energetic Moods and Emotions, Focus on What is IMPORTANT, Positive Beliefs and Attitudes Continue to be Hopeful and Optimistic”, we can maintain the POWER TO CONTROL OUR OWN LIVES.
I believe it is our responsibility to live our lives well for our students. We can do this by being great role models both directly and indirectly as we interact with each other. As the article in the Star Trib ended, it stated, “The secret to happiness is to stop and smell the roses…. And don’t wish you had even better roses.”
On the eve of Rocori Homecoming, I wish you the best and hope you enjoy our Rocori Roses as we continue to teach and live with passion for the students we serve.