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The BeHappy! Newsletter, Issue #029
December 23, 2013
Spirituality, Religion, and Happiness
If you’re one of the hundreds of new daily visitors to BeHappy101.com or a new subscriber to this BeHappy! Newsletter... welcome aboard! And, if you're one of the regular happy visitors to BeHappy101.com or readers of this newsletter, welcome back!!
I’m Jimmy, and my mission is to improve your life dramatically by making it a bit happier - or, better yet, a lot happier - everyday.
I am a doctor, corporate executive, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. My wife (Jill), our 7-year-old daughter (Joie), and our 3-year-old daughter (Jae) live in Tampa Florida and Newport Beach California.
Through this newsletter, my website (BeHappy101.com), my books, E-Coaching, and other BeHappy! products, I am committed to improving the lives of as many people as possible. So, I would love to hear from you on how your life has changed by using the BeHappy! system, or how I can help improve your life more by making the system even better. Just click here to contact me and I’ll respond to you personally as soon as possible – or just give me your happiness tips, comments, suggestions, stories, or thoughts to share with others.
Here’s to your happiness and to having the kind of life you want to have!
BeHappy! my friends
INTRODUCTION for new subscribers
(prior subscribers – skip down to the “Happiness Facts” section)
The purpose of this newsletter is to provide a regular and consistent supplement to the action-oriented process found within my website - www.behappy101.com - and in my book, BeHappy!
It is intended to make a powerful contribution to the amount of joy and fulfillment in your daily life by providing regular tools, reminders, and strategies to:
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The BeHappy! Newsletter
The October edition of this newsletter was the last of a 3-part series on "money and happiness" – dealing with an important concept called “multiple-streams-of-income”.
This concept, which I believe everyone should use in life, involves using your passions, skills, training, and/or current source of income to create additional sources of income which, ideally, are passive income streams and ultimately could replace your primary source of income if it became necessary for whatever reason.
This is how anyone can create financial security - and even financial freedom (which is true financial wealth) - if wealth and financial freedom are part of your personal Definition of Happiness.
So if money, wealth, or even just a higher income are important to you (and especially if they are part of your Definition of Happiness), then it is essential for you to establish a multiple-streams-of-income process as part of your wealth-building strategy.
To that end, did you take the actions outlined in the October newsletter, which were designed to help get you started on this path to multiple income streams? Did you check out the two passive and residual income streams I suggested? If not, do it now by clicking here to check out the amazing Rippln social media income opportunity or clicking here to look into starting your own money-making website.
If those two opportunities are not your "cup of tea", then did you make a list of other ideas for additional income streams? If not, why not? Perhaps money, wealth, and income are not really that important to you. If you did make that list, did you take the next step, which was to take some kind of action towards starting your additional income streams? For those of you who did, there are probably some who are already generating income from your new idea. If you took action on the Rippln opportunity or created your own website, for example, you could certainly be making income by now. Even a very simple website can be making hundreds of dollars daily within a matter of a couple of months. It's not easy or guaranteed, but it is definitely possible.
The bottom line is that, if you want more income, financial security, or greater wealth, you must take action toward creating multiple-streams-of-income. So get to it if you haven't already.
Well, that ends the "money and happiness" series for now. I hope you got a lot out of it and got inspired to create the kind of financial life you want and deserve by improving your money mindset and attitude (which was the subject of the June edition of this newsletter), increasing your primary source of income and learning to love what you do (from the August edition) and then began creating multiple-streams-of-income (with the October edition).
Now, on to the topic for this edition of The BeHappy! Newsletter (which is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from the topic of money)...
Spirituality, Religion, and Happiness
Although this edition of our newsletter is not really a holiday discussion, spirituality is a timely topic since many people think about the true meaning of the season and what’s most important in life during this time of year since the basis for the holiday season relates to spiritual and/or religious beliefs, which can get obscured by the “commercialism” created over the past several decades.
Well, for this edition of The BeHappy! Newsletter, let’s talk about Spirituality, Religion, and Happiness.
Spirituality can be defined as: “Of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things." Part of spirituality may include religion for much of the world (where religion is more specifically focused on beliefs and practices based on a god or group of gods).
There are many strategies and "formulas" for happiness, and there are many ways to look at life as it relates to being as happy as possible. One of the "formulas" I read about recently basically boiled happiness down to "faith, family, friendships, and work".
While I don't necessarily agree it's that simple or that it's even the same for everyone (and I believe there are many other components to a happy life), these 4 concepts (faith, family, friendships, and work) are certainly part of the story.
The first, "faith", relates to our spiritual or religious beliefs, and there is evidence to indicate that people who have a strong spiritual connection of some kind - which can include a religious practice (formally or informally) - are generally happier than those people who don't have such a connection or practice. There are many reasons for this, and it can actually get quite complicated. In my opinion, though, part of it includes the following four ideas:
BeHappy! ACTIONS TO TAKE UNTIL THE NEXT ISSUE OF THIS NEWSLETTER
Like everything in life, the old saying, “practice makes perfect” applies to happiness, too. By using the tools and concepts in the book, BeHappy! - and applying the principles found at BeHappy101.com and in this bi-monthly newsletter - you'll get the coaching and the “practice” you need to lead the happiest possible life.
It takes daily action to get “perfect” at it, though.
So, if you have read previous editions of The BeHappy! Newsletter you know that every issue provides some simple action-oriented exercises for the next two months (until the next edition of the newsletter) which relate to the main subject of this edition of the newsletter to help make happiness a habit.
Just a few minutes of focus every day and you’ll be laying the foundation for the happiest possible life - both for yourself and for those you love.
If you do these things, I can promise you’ll notice a big difference in the quality of your life.
You will BeHappy!
Actions for the next 60 days:
Take these actions over the next sixty days and by the time you receive the next edition of the BeHappy! Newsletter (in February), you will likely be starting 2014 with a much more positive, peaceful perspective than you might expect.
Actions to Take:
Next, consider your spiritual and religious perspectives and beliefs. Are you spiritual? Are you religious? Are you both? Are you neither? Do you practice a regular religious activity? If so, why? If not, why not? Once you answer these questions, think about how your answers may relate to your happiness (or not).
If you are spiritual and/or religious, and this adds to your life in a positive way, you are certainly doing the right thing. The question then is, do you need to change anything about your spiritual or religious life?
The most dramatic action for the next 60 days is for people who don't have a spiritual or religious side at all and think it might be something to explore to improve life and happiness. First, open your mind to the possibility that some spiritual or religious thinking could help with happiness (as it has been shown to do for many people). Remember, this does not mean you have to adopt any particular beliefs or practices and you don't have to start going to a place of worship. If that's for you, great. But if not, that's okay, too. This is more a "psychological" issue than a "religious" or "physical" issue.
If it is something you feel you might want to consider, the biggest action to take is to check out a religious service within the next month.
As I mentioned, although I am spiritual, I am not a "religious person" and so I am not inclined to attend religious services. Still, I really like going to Mariners Church in Newport Beach, California when we are there, though, for many reasons (and I didn't want to go at first). But now, it can be a very spiritual experience for me. They have great music (and I love music), it is usually quite motivational (we all need motivation), and the message is generally very educational (there are many great learning opportunities during the service). And, they have a fantastic children's program and lots of great family activities. For me, the whole experience is very positive - and it makes me happier.
So, give it a try if you need something to help provide greater meaning and happiness to your life. Again, if it's not for you, nothing lost. But, just the sense of community it may bring could enhance your life.
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So until the next edition of The BeHappy! Newsletter in February...
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