The 3 Habits of Happiness

 

 

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Hi. It’s Robin Sharma. Welcome to this issue of my video blog. Well, I wanted to focus on the three habits of happiness or, maybe, not THE three but three habits that I know if you do them every day will make you a much happier person.

1) Number one, gratitude. What I do, I have right here, I’m just going to show you. I have my journal and almost everywhere I go I have my journal with me, and I write in my journal. A lot of what I write in my journal is daily gratitude. Here I am in South Africa. I’m at the Singita Game Reserve. I’m at a beautiful lodge. There’s a fireplace behind me right now. This morning I woke up and I saw a number of the big five animals eating or grazing right outside of my room. And so, in my journal I am going to write about where I am and what the stars looked like last night and the meal that we enjoyed. I was in Botswana yesterday morning, getting to share the “Lead Without a Title” message with all those people. I just write all the big things and little things that I’m grateful for. Sometimes, it takes five minutes. Sometimes, I write for an hour.

The key idea to remember is our minds are hard wired for ingratitude. It was a survival mechanism that was valuable thousands of years ago when we lived out on the savanna, but it no longer serves us right now. Most of us have roofs over our heads. Most of us have enough food to eat. And yet, we still focus on what’s wrong in our lives. It’s a biological instinct we have to fight. And how do you do that? Focused gratitude. And a great way to do it is write in your journal. Do it everyday. You start to hard wire your brain, and actually you start to refocus the way you see the world. We know to be successful in business and successful in life – is about spotting possibilities where others are looking for problems.

2) Number two, and this is a very simple one. but remember to savor. A lot of the work the pioneers in the field of positive psychology talk  about is savoring life. So when you’re drinking a cup of coffee, don’t just drink a cup of coffee while you’re thinking about your emails. Drink a cup of coffee and actually savor, savor the flavor. Savor the coffee. Savor your environment. If you start to go through life and you savor the breeze and you savor, maybe, the car drive and you savor your conversation with your teammate at work or your children at home, life starts to take on a much richer context.

3) The final thing in terms of happiness habit is find work that matters or even more importantly, find meaning in your work. I have been here in Africa and I’ve interviewed, and you probably saw this on another one of my video blogs, but I interviewed a hotel housekeeper and I said, “Did you like your job?” and she almost was breathless. She said, “I can’t believe how much I love my job.” All I’m saying is a job is only just a job if you chose to see it as a job. All work is a chance to be of service. All work is a chance to express your gifts and talents. All work is a chance to be helpful to other human beings. All work is a chance to change the world. It’s up to you to find meaning in your work, whether you’re a street sweeper, whether you’re a police officer, whether you’re a teacher, whether you’re an astronaut, whether you’re an entrepreneur. To find the meaning in your work so that everyday you feel like you’re on a mission and that’s a great source of happiness.

So from the Singita Game Reserve here in gorgeous South Africa, I’m Robin Sharma. Three habits of happiness. Focus on them every day. Over time you get some extraordinary results.

Robin Sharma

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134 Responses to “The 3 Habits of Happiness”

  1. Kevin Turner says:

    Always enjoy your stuff Robin. Simple but exactly right. I got away from the gratitude journal. I’m going to get back on it again in the morning.

  2. Hi, Robin sir you are amazing, I am really thank full to you because your idea of Gratitude journal made my life easy and pressure less. keep motivating every one like this always ,Thank you again.

  3. p.Green says:

    always wonderful to hear/read these words.the one which touched me most is savor the moment….thank you.

  4. Hi.it `s really incredible. I always take my tea while thinking about the work to be done or reading a newspaper. After finishing my tea, I feel as if I have missed the the savor. Thanks for the advice.

  5. Hi, it ` s really incredible. Thanks for your invaluable advice. BALRAM

  6. Yasmin says:

    I thoroughly learn from every bit of your podcasts, videos, blog entries, your book and facebook comments. Thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart. You are truly incredible and enlightening. God bless you and your family Mr.Robin Sharma.

  7. rinchen says:

    thank you ,i really appreciate your words of wisdom..thank you once again.

  8. jeena says:

    Thank you for your valuable wisdom

  9. Anthony says:

    Thanks for this valuable incite.

    I once asked a very unhappy coaching client of mine what he was grateful for in his life and he said “nothing.” We explored this some more over the coaching session and the next time we met he came in with a huge smile on his face, he said “I don’t know what you said but I was sitting having my dinner the other night and I said to myself how grateful I was to have the food to eat. It made me smile.”

    You are so right. Daily contemplation of what you are grateful for really brings you back down to earth and reminds you of your grounding.

  10. Helen Sharmila Nathan says:

    Thanks a lot ..I AM REALLY GRATEFUL FOR MR. ROBIN SHARMA..WHO IS AN ANGEL SENT BY GOD to motivate ordinary people like me..the words ‘All work is a chance to be of service. All work is a chance to express your gifts and talents. All work is a chance to be helpful to other human beings. All work is a chance to change the world. It’s up to you to find meaning in your work, whether you’re a street sweeper, whether you’re a police officer, whether you’re a teacher, whether you’re an astronaut, whether you’re an entrepreneur. To find the meaning in your work so that everyday you feel like you’re on a mission and that’s a great source of happiness.’ has touched my soul…My promotion to AE post was stopped in 2007 & is being stopped now because of my no corruption approach..& I feel sad at the corrupted society around me..but I have hope that some gem of a person will arrive in the scene & everything will change,,Until then Robin Sharma’s mails will keep me going..Thanks RS.. Thanks a lot..

  11. dharmik says:

    Thank you sir…:)

  12. pardeep K Batra says:

    Amazing insights !!

    Robin – You are wonderful. whenever I am down, I go through your blog and I get rejuvenated. Thanks for being a great coach and guide. may you light many lives and contnue doing that

    with best wishes and lots of lov

    Pardeep K Batra

  13. Sumit says:

    Hi, Robin-Just started reading your first book. It has started inspiring me just as Dale Carnegie and Chris Harris did.
    These two authors are sitting in my heart since youth and perhaps now you will find a place there at my old age.
    Thanks. Sumit.

  14. Kishor Ranpariya(India) says:

    I don’t know any other , Sirji…

    Thanks…Thanx…Thanx…..

    Thanx so much.

  15. meherdeep says:

    i have read your book the greatness guide. i liked it very much and now i have to read other books also.

  16. chakra says:

    hi, i am chakra dumre from nepal. I have read your two book named ‘the monk who sold his ferari ‘ and the ceo ….wow it’s awesome.how you creat such fables? These three thing makes man happy but we are so lazy we won’t apply

  17. arjun k chorge says:

    im greatful to you !!!!!

  18. ercan says:

    mrb hocam ferrarisini satan bildege kitabını okudum ve çok beğendim koza kelebeği kitabini da okudum o kitabı da çok beğendim şimdi de mükembelliğin rehberi kitabını okuyorum kitablarınız çok büyüleyici hocam…

  19. Arunima says:

    Thank you Robin !

  20. Kakub says:

    Hi all,

    I have one or two things to say about this post.

    I like that three habits are provided for us, which explain the most important feelings for human species. It clearly states that gratitude is at the top, and please use this tip as a valuable piece of advise because it really works everyday without a shadow of a doubt. Drinking warm water with lemon juice is a great kick start to my day of evening, I prefer that over coffee which is acidic in state but has a great aroma for scent. I know that everyone can find a ritual of their own and create that consistent habit to use it everyday. I like the journal idea the most from this post.

    Although I have to say that keeping us informed about such spectacular scenary in Africa is a bit greedy, but I’m sure that you deserve it after all the hard work.

    regards,

    Jakub

  21. logapragassen SORNUM says:

    Grateful for savouring your ideas this morning at 3.30 in Mauritius. Thanks for sharing. God bless you

  22. sonia says:

    Thank you so much. i am grateful to be motivated this morning….. God bless you

  23. rashmi chawda says:

    Thank you sir…you made thousand of people to think positive…

  24. Nithya says:

    Thank you Robin.i was not feeling any of savours of my life .And was pitched off.You made me realise.Thanks alot .

  25. Uttara chanda says:

    I have started reading your books, and i am really learning from it. I am trying to improve myself . The quotations you give is really amazing. Thank you sir:)

  26. Aviator Em says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am inspired to follow these steps you have laid out. The one I am most anxious to start on is Gratitude. Lately I have been on somewhat of a spiral of unfortunate events. It first started with being sick and missing class to getting into a car accident and then having to deal with the very expensive repairs—just one thing after another. The first entry I will write in my journal is that I am grateful to be alive and have the opportunity to be in school.
    I was quite excited to learn that one of the steps was to savior life because I really take in my surrounding especially during my runs in the morning. I started to notice how I love the crisp air filling my lungs before I start my workouts. The cool color of the dawn sky makes me forget how early it is and sometimes tricks me into thinking I’m still asleep. No matter how many times I run the same trail I always manage to find something new to smile at whether it is the elderly walkers to squirrels chasing each other around the tree.
    Another habit that I was excited to hear you say was finding meaning in your work. I’m only a college student and currently work at my schools library as my first job. I love it! It requires me to be detailed oriented and allows me to help out my fellow student.

  27. Poonam agarwal says:

    Hi Robin,

    Very inspiring, very simple.loved every word of your books, have tried reading a few books before to Clear my confused state of mind, but only your books are just Bang on!!! Exactly what i needed

  28. Gourav Nandy says:

    Thank you so much robin sir for sharing your wisdom with us. U inspire me to be good. U are an amazing soul. Can i ever be like u?

  29. smaa khattab says:

    the world is better with Robin Sharma.

  30. Sabita Saleem says:

    I do this gratitude thing every day. I am amazed to see that the list of good things i post in my journal are way more than the problems or time wasting activities i spot. The learning points i post after a couple of days automatically transform into the goodness i keep up with.

    Its simply wonderful! Thanks Mr. Sharma.

  31. swarup sharma says:

    Thankyou for helping us , your kind , gentle, you have a loving heart and that what makes you successfull.

  32. vibhuti gupta says:

    maybe you have come in my life to make me what i ought to be

  33. leonirobin says:

    Hi sir,

    I read ur words more than five times

    three habits of success s really awesome and possible

    Thank you sir

  34. Joy millicent says:

    Hey Mr.Robinsharma..I thank the moment when i picked up your book-the secret letters…from a shop Crossword,then I ordeed online for your entire collection .then this site..trust me I am changed or m beginning to realize how unique I am as u so rightly have said in one of your books..There is only one you/me living on this planet n that makes me so important so is my Role in this lifetime..hope to be able to attend one of your leadership programmes .thank u

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