And who we are at the core is largely what defines our character. The Power of Character When everything is stripped away, when you are proverbially standing naked with nothing else but who you are between you and the mirror of life, when you are without house or car or career or wardrobe to hide behind, then, and for some only then, you will be left to recognize the singular importance of four basic components of life: Nothing else ultimately matters all that much when compared to these.
Each is crucial to your happiness. Corrupt any one of the four components and your happiness will be compromised. This final post in this series, then, will introduce you to those principles of character that are important to living a happy life. But what is character?
Character is the marriage of 1 and 2 as expressed in 3 of the 4 components above. In other words, your character is the marriage of your thoughts, attitudes and opinions to your faith, beliefs, spirituality and values as expressed in your relationships and experiences.
It is how you live when no one is looking. It is the quality of your actions when there is no apparent benefit to acting well. It is the fusion of thought, belief and action into a coherent identity of person.
It is who you are deep inside as an expression of how you treat yourself and others. It is the degree to which you live with integrity to universal principles of decency. Being Happy So character matters to happiness.
It is the foundation that holds up the house. In other words, character is to happiness what a foundation is to the structure of your home. Remove the foundation and the house starts to sink.
Remove character and so does happiness. Hateful, mean and selfish people are not supposed to be happy as hateful, mean and selfish people. Sure, everyone everywhere are meant to be happy. But no one is meant to be happy while engaged in those behaviors, exercising those beliefs and attitudes and living their lives in such a way as would quite naturally produce its opposite of bitterness, resentment, anger and depression.
The following character traits are those I believe will most help you live with more abundant, consistent and radiant joy. Humility is a quiet sort of confidence, an inner strength that allows for vulnerability because its possessor cares more about what is true than who is right.
It is in that inner strength that happiness can grow to full maturity. Humility is also the gateway to developing all other character traits in that humble people are open to opportunities to learn and grow, to develop and improve. Humility leads to personal growth. Personal growth leads to more joy.
Be Courageous At exactly that point where courage falters, is the point at which all other character traits fail as well. In other words, courage is needed to nail every other character trait to the wall of integrity.
Loving the loveable is easy. But loving the unlovable takes courage. Being loyal to your friends is easy in front of your friends.
Being loyal when there is pressure to be disloyal requires courage to stay true. Honesty when you know you will be praised for speaking it is easy. But honesty when you know you will be in all kinds of trouble for telling the truth requires all kinds of courage to tell it anyway.
Stepping into the unknown.
Grabbing hold of life-changing opportunity. Opening your heart after having it broken. Ending the subtle poison of procrastination.I can see that in you, Wendy. One of the first impressions I get when I read your blog posts is that you are a compassionate person.
It was hard to limit myself to 10 traits, but that was the format I gave myself with this series (10 Ways to Think Happy, 10 Ways to Believe Happy, 10 Ways to Act Happy and this one, 10 Character Traits for Happiness).
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