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There are many places to find information on finding happiness… so where do you start?
Well, we know that happiness itself comes from within. “The secret to happiness is that there is no secret” is a great phrase to remember. So if we already know where to find happiness (within ourselves), the most useful information on finding happiness will show us how to create it… not where to look for it.
So where do we find this information?
You’re already on the Internet – let’s start there!
This very website is a good place to begin. There are a number of articles that deal specifically with creating happiness… you’ve probably read some of them already, this being the ‘Happiness Information’ section and all. There are many other excellent ‘happiness’ websites on the Internet as well.
You can go to one of the major search engines such as Google or Yahoo and type the term ‘happiness‘ into the search box, but this term generates a large number of results – around 71,000,000 on Google, for example. If you’re looking for a large number of results then this is fine. However, ‘happiness‘ is a very broad term; to find information more specific to your personal interests, you need to be a bit more specific in your search.
Give the search engines something to work with.
Think about area(s) of your life in which you’re wanting happiness. For example, say you’re looking for more happiness at work. Well as you know, work won’t “give” you happiness – or misery for that matter – you create them both yourself. And there are many websites with information to help you create more happiness at work. So try entering a search term like ‘happiness at work‘. Doing this on Google or Yahoo will bring up links to a number of excellent articles and websites.
Perhaps you’re looking for information on finding happiness in your relationships. Type in ‘happiness in relationships‘ and see what comes up. As with the previous example, you’ll get a lot of excellent results… all much more relevant to your personal happiness interests than just searching ‘happiness’.
Article directories are an excellent source as well. Some good ones are EzineArticles, GoArticles and E-Topic. All three of these are directories which contain thousands of categorized articles. You can search specific terms or just browse to find lots of great articles containing information on finding happiness.
No matter what your personal happiness interests, you’ll find lots of websites, blogs, directories and other resources online. But that’s not the only place you can look…
There are a number of other great resources for information on finding happiness… books, for example. There are thousands of ‘happiness‘ titles available, all of which deal with creating happiness in many different ways. As with your online searches, start by determining the areas of your life in which you want to create happiness. Then head to your local library or favorite bookstore, and have a look at what’s available. Check out the ‘Self-help‘ section, as well as ‘Spirituality‘, perhaps ‘Psychology‘, and any other sections that interest you. Have some fun! If a book catches your eye, pick it up and have a look.
Going back to online resources for a moment, there are some excellent online booksellers… Amazon, for example, or Barnes & Noble, or Abebooks. All three offer new and used books from thousands of independent booksellers, as well as their own inventories.
While we’re online, we should also mention e-books. Ebook downloads are an exploding phenomenon, mainly because of ease, convenience and the fact that you can store hundreds if not thousands of titles on your hard drive. Aside from your not needing a library to store them, e-books also tend to be a bit cheaper than works in hard copy – you can even get many titles for free.
Audio Programs, Videos and DVDs
There is some great information on finding happiness available on various audio programs, videos and DVDs. Searching online is a good place to start… but unlike books and individual web articles, audio programs and DVDs tend to come in broader packages. Simply searching for ‘happiness audio program‘ or ‘self-help DVD‘ will produce some good results.
* Please note: Some of these audio/video programs are complete systems which contain a number of CDs or DVDs and books. As a result, they can be quite expensive. It pays to do your homework and research a product thoroughly before purchasing it. There are some excellent products and some not-so-good ones. Some of the more reputable products are certainly worth the cost… as long as you apply what they teach. We have personally used products which produced excellent results, yet we still read the occasional negative reviews of those products. In such cases we can only conclude that the reviewers’ personal applications of the programs were inconsistent, or there were other issues in their lives which needed to be addressed before they could fully benefit from the program. Accordingly, do your research carefully but don’t be put off by one or two negative reviews if most of the reviews are good.
Clubs and organizations
This is a neat idea: there are actual ‘happiness clubs’ whose function is to promote happiness for their members and all others as well. It’s an excellent concept and their membership is growing regularly. One of the best ways to get information on finding happiness is to interact with people who are involved in creating it for themselves and others. It’s also a great way to meet people and make new friends – and having more positive, supportive friends is a great way to enhance everyone’s happiness!
There is a network of happiness clubs connected through a central website at www.happinessclub.com. Currently this network has clubs located in San Francisco, CA; Westport, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Madison, CT; Lafayette, CA; Wilmington, NC; Chevy Chase, MD; and a chapter in Ontario, Canada. Check your area for local clubs as well – there may be similarly themed organizations that aren’t listed nationally.
Aside from happiness clubs, you can also look at organizations that are involved with things that you enjoy and are interested in: hobbies, interests and the like. Get involved in doing things that you love and enjoy – that’s some great information on finding happiness right there!
Here’s to your success!