For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness – Ralph Waldo Emerson
No one is happy all the time.
I’ve heard Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan – two bestselling authors and researchers on the topic of happiness, who are also married to each other – share that they aren’t always happy. We all face sorrow, grief, and anger in our lives. We live in a broken world and pain is part of life.
What makes some people happier than others is how we respond the grief, sorrow, and stress. Do we have support systems, friends, and colleagues who lift us up? Do we have a mindset to respond to appropriate action? Do we have the tools, the discipline, to shift anger into action? To shift from self to service? When we stay angry we lose opportunities to seek happiness.