Hello my friends! Hope you are having a super fantastic week! Please send good energy and vibes to my friend Chaz today, as he is participating in a Firewalking Instructor Training certification this week! I am super excited for him to take this step on his journey of self-discovery and empowerment! Please visit Chaz’s website and subscribe to his newsletter for updates on health, fitness, and other great stuff!
Here is Part 2 of his series: How to Create Happiness, focusing on Environment!
Does your place of residence bring you happiness? How about your neighborhood or neighboring cities?
Are your friends supportive of your desires and contribute to your well-being?
If your environment is not conducive to your wishes, then you may have a very difficult time finding happiness.
Where you live can largely impact your emotions. If you follow the news, you will often hear of multiple crimes in cities such as Wilmington, DE or Philadelphia, PA. If you live in one of these cities or have relatives there, your emotions are exposed to the impact of these crimes.
If, however, you lived in Scottsdale, AZ (which has the lowest crime rate in America), you probably wouldn’t worry too much about getting shot on your way home from work.
Obviously these are exaggerated examples, but they prove that your environment can either negatively or positively impact your emotional state and happiness.
Look for the beauty in your surroundings. If you live in a rough neighborhood, this is the way I see it: you either move away or you seek out the benefits of living in such an area. Like we covered last week, your focus will play a role in your happiness, so focus on the good of your environment. Where there is bad there is always an opposite good.
The point is that if you are living in an area that depresses you, you will have a difficult time finding true happiness unless you work for it. Do not let your surrounding environment hold you back from the things you deserve.
Your social circle and family also count towards your environment.
Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Take a minute to think about the five people you spend the most time with. Maybe they are friends? Maybe family? Whoever they are, I want you to think of their qualities and characteristics.
Are they often optimistic and smiling? Or do they normally come to you with complaints and negativity?
The longer you are exposed to an environment, or a person, the more you will begin to adopt the accompanying traits.
I lived with two of my best friends for two years. I love these guys to death and would do anything for them. But they normally did nothing but complain and procrastinate. After a while, I found myself acting the exact same way they were.
Who you spend time with will greatly influence your level of happiness.
Don’t cut out your friends and family completely; that’s ridiculous. Instead, become more aware of how the people in your life are affecting you. Spend less time with the ones that bring you down and more time with the ones that support you.
I guarantee taking note and making adjustments in your environment will dramatic transform your life for the better.
Join me again next week when I cover happiness tenet 3: Passion.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how your environment influences your happiness. Please comment below! Don’t forget to visit Chaz’s website; he has tons of great stuff coming up this year!!
Until next time, stay mindful and stay present,