If you look at the statistics, we struggle to be any of these.
A recent Harris Poll shows that only 1 in 3 Americans are happy. Just 1 in 3!
A recent article in "Men's Health" showed that just 2.7% of a study group could pass 4 points on a test.
As for wealth, I do not need to quote any article or study. Most Americans just do not make enough money to make it through each month.
So, what makes you really happy?
An overwhelming majority of us do not have any real direction, purpose in our lives, specific written goals, or timelines to reach our goals.
In fact, we do a better job of planning for a vacation than we do planning for our lives!
We all make New Year’s Resolutions but by Jan 15 – 92% of us have already stopped pursuing them. How sad!
Only 3% of us even bother to write down our goals!
What if you had goals, written goals, that you were working toward each day. Do you think attaining these goals would bring you joy?
Would this make you happy?
How do you determine if you are healthy?
The usual standards are percentage of body fat, diet, amount of exercise, whether you smoke or not and if you have a positive mindset.
Do you think being healthy, truly healthy, would increase the happiness factor in your life?
What about having wealth? More wealth than you have now?
I’m here to tell you that money doesn’t buy happiness.
Speaking from my own personal experiences, money doesn’t equate to personal happiness, but it certainly helps alleviate a lot of worry.
I’m Dave Brethauer, Author, Speaker, Coach, and Entrepreneur.
For years I thought I was happy, healthy, and wealthy, and from all outward appearances everyone who knew me saw just that.
Unfortunately, what people did not see was that I was not happy. I was fighting depression from a terrible childhood, was unhappy being a stay-at-home dad (at my wife’s request) and had no real purpose or goals in my life. I was unfulfilled. However, I was wealthy for many years, thanks to my wife’s successful career.
I knew I wasn't happy but healthy I was. Or so I thought. When I turned 50 my doctor diagnosed me with type 2 diabetes. You could have knocked me over with a feather. I was, or so I thought, to total opposite of what a diabetic looked like. I stood 6' 2" and was weighing 320 lbs but I possessed a 60" chest, not a 60" waist. I carried an immense amount of muscle which is polar opposite of what makes the stereotypical diabetic. It took me a couple of years to derive the real cause of this diagnosis. But right this ship I did.
I got the wake-up call around my wealth when after my kids were raised and had left the nest, that my wife decided to divorce me.
We had been on top of the world till 07-08 when we lost the lion's share of our wealth. Though come my divorce we had started to earn some of that back.
So being 60 years of age, not having really worked for 20 years, with no real skill set outside of being Mr Mom. I feared for my wealth!
It was at this time when I truly began seeking what makes me genuinely happy.
Today, I get real joy from spending time with my kids as well as helping others become happier, healthier, and wealthier in their lives.
Health wise, I’m in probably the best shape of my life.
As far as wealth, let’s just say that I’m not at the top of the mountain yet, but I’m nowhere near the bottom either.
So, I invite you to join me. Discover for yourself how you can live a happier, healthier, and wealthier life and find your true purpose so that you can find the happiness you deserve!
Are you living your dream life?
Are you as happy as you'd like to be?
Are you as healthy or as wealthy as you'd like to be?