Posts Tagged Abraham Lincoln

Happiness Should Be a High Priority

Happiness should be a high priority in your life. You even have a responsibility to yourself to participate in those activities that bring you satisfaction leading to your own happiness.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” Some authors on the subject of happiness even go so far as asserting that people have a moral obligation to be happy. The reason is rather obvious. Happy people do far more good than unhappy people. When you are happy, you have a positive effect on people. When you are unhappy, you also influence—but in a negative way.

Reflect on what life has given you. You will soon start to be grateful—and … >>>


Remaining unhappy

Remaining unhappy is very easy. It even comes naturally. If you are in a funk, it is natural to be unhappy. But when you are in this state and do nothing about it, you are taking the easy way out. Is this in your own best interest?

Abraham Lincoln proclaimed, “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” When unhappy or feeling sad, it is a shame to take the easy way out.

You can take the easy approach and remain in a funk, or you can choose to put forth effort. All you need to do to change your feelings is to redirect your thinking. The emotion (feelings) always follows thinking (cognition).

Never attempt … >>>


Discipline Without Stress Newsletter – February 2016

Volume 16 Number 2 February 2016
Newsletter #174 Archived


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 “Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.”
—Abraham Lincoln


Since this newsletter is being distributed on the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, a few comments about him are worth sharing.

On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in the backwoods of Kentucky. Growing up on pioneer farms in Kentucky and Indiana, he received almost no formal education but was self-taught devouring book after book.

He moved to Illinois in 1830 and … >>>