Sunday, March 21, 2010

Week 12

*For explanation of The Happiness Experiment" go HERE .*

Last week's secrets:
Don't be overprotective.
Pay attention. You may have what you want.

Secret #23
Don't let your religious beliefs fade.

"Religion can show us the way in a world in which bad things happen. It can teach us that much of what we see is so complex we cannot understand why and how it occurred."

My religion is a very big part of who I am. If it weren't for my beliefs, I wouldn't be where I am today. When I moved down to Arizona to go to college, I would've had a very hard time meeting anyone or even finding a place to live if it weren't for my religion. As it was, I made many new friends and had a wonderful time and I contribute that to the fact that we all believed the same things. I also would never have met my wonderful husband. We met at church. Without my religion my life would be completely different. And though I can't say that I wouldn't be as happy, I can say that I am so happy now that I can't imagine my life any different.

If you are interested in what I believe, go HERE .

"Research on the effect of religion on life satisfaction found that regardless of what religion people affiliated themselves with, those who had strongly held spiritual beliefs were typically satisfied with life, while those who had no spiritual beliefs typically were unsatisfied."

Secret #24
Do what you say you are going to do.

"Nothing kills progress or deadens enthusiasm more than someone who talks but never follows through. It is crucial in both your home life and your work life that you stay focused and committed to whatever you say you will do."

Evan will tell you that nothing makes him more mad than when you say you are going to do something and then you don't do it. Being able to take someone's word is very important. This concept is one of my goals this year. And fits in with my organization goals too. Getting myself more organized will help me make sure I do all the things I say I will. I'm tired of forgetting all the things I am supposed to do. I am pretty proud of how well I have been doing so far this year. I'm a lot more organized than I have ever been.

Following through is a big part of our business too. When we tell a client that we will be at their wedding at a certain time, we better be there. I think that is what most people have a hard time following through with. Being at a place when they say they will. Promptness and respect for other people's time doesn't seem to be important these days. People rely on our word that we are going to do all the things we say we will. If we were always breaking our promises and not following through, we would be out of business in no time. 

"The difference between those who have happy personal relationships and those who have unhappy personal relationships is not the amount of conflicts they have. Indeed, each group has a similar number of conflicts. Instead, it is greater commitment to following through on agreed-upon changes that contributes to the success of relationships and the 23 percent greater happiness of the individuals involved."

Don't let your religious beliefs fade.
Do what you say you are going to do.