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Dear Stranger,

You don’t know me but I hear you are going through a tough time, and I would like to help you. I want to be open and honest with you, and let you know that happiness isn’t something just afforded to a special few. It can be yours, if you take the time to let it grow.

It’s OK to be stressed, scared and sad, I certainly have been throughout my life. I’ve confronted my biggest fears time and time again. I’ve cheated death on many adventures, seen loved ones pass away, failed in business, minced my words in front of tough audiences, and had my heart broken.

I know I’m fortunate to live an extraordinary life, and that most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But they haven’t; in fact it’s the reverse. I am successful, wealthy and connected because I am happy.

So many people get caught up in doing what they think will make them happy but, in my opinion, this is where they fail. Happiness is not about doing, it’s about being. In order to be happy, you need to think consciously about it. Don’t forget the to-do list, but remember to write a to-be list too.

Stop and breathe. Be healthy. Be around your friends and family. Be there for someone, and let someone be there for you. Be bold. Just be for a minute.

If you allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment, happiness will follow. I speak from experience. We’ve built a business empire, joined conversations about the future of our planet, attended many memorable parties and met many unforgettable people. And while these things have brought me great joy, it’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness. Why? Because allowing yourself just to be, puts things into perspective. Try it. Be still. Be present.

There’s a reason we’re called human beings and not human doings. As human beings we have the ability to think, move and communicate in a heightened way. We can cooperate, understand, reconcile and love, that’s what sets us apart from most other species. 

Don’t waste your human talents by stressing about nominal things, or that which you cannot change. If you take the time simply to be and appreciate the fruits of life, your stresses will begin to dissolve, and you will be happier.

But don’t just seek happiness when you’re down. Happiness shouldn’t be a goal, it should be a habit. Take the focus off doing, and start being every day. Be loving, be grateful, be helpful, and be a spectator to your own thoughts.

Allow yourself to be in the moment, and appreciate the moment. Take the focus off everything you think you need to do, and start being I promise you, happiness will follow.

Happy regards,

Richard Branson



What inspires you?  How do you try to find happiness?  Has it worked?

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope that you enjoy your visit.



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Thanks for stopping by! Having one of those days……?


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Gut Feeling.”

I used my gut feeling last night and wrote a post about mental illness and those who have had a mood disorder or depressive episode. It was my hope that it would help someone not feel so alone, but it is a gamble. People could read the post or might find it too serious and stop reading my blog. That is scary.

To me, that is what following a gut feeling is. You feel a drive, an urge, a voice prodding you along and even though you don’t know how it will turn out, you leap into the unknown and try anyway. It takes strength and courage to follow an instinct or intuition that only you experience but you take a deep breath and believe.

Will it work out? I don’t know yet. But, I still hope that I will be able to help someone along the way.

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Whenever I defend someone with depression, anxiety, mood disorders or mental illness, I get slapped with more labels than a Walmart rollback.

One of the hallmarks of Depression is two weeks of unrelenting Sadness.

So, let’s get something straight. Almost everyone you know has experienced anxiety, a depressive episode, or more severe mood disorder. In fact, there are certain circumstances that can cause one:

Anyone who has been a veteran and seen active combat

Anyone has buried someone they love

Anyone who has ever had a baby

Anyone who has ever had a miscarriage

Anyone who has ever been pregnant

Anyone who has ever had heart disease

Anyone who has ever had cancer

Anyone who has ever had fibromyalgia, arthritis or dozens of other “invisible illnesses”

Anyone who has ever lost a job

Anyone who has ever begun a job

Anyone who has ever had a toxic boss or coworkers

Anyone who has ever moved

Anyone who has ever been homeless

Anyone who has ever known hunger

Anyone who has ever been married

Anyone who has ever been divorced

Anyone who has ever suffered heartbreak

Anyone who has mourned a loss or suffered from grief

Anyone who has ever had obsessive thoughts

Anyone who has ever had a drug or alcohol addiction

Anyone who has had a dysfunctional family

Anyone who has ever been adopted

Anyone who has ever been separated

Anyone who has ever been lonely, bullied, shamed, or excluded

Anyone who has ever hit puberty or menopause

Anyone who has ever had anesthesia or surgery

Anyone who has ever struggled to pay their bills

Anyone who has ever faced eviction

Anyone who has ever been robbed or scammed

Anyone who has ever suffered from abuse or rape

Anyone who has ever suffered from dementia

Anyone who has ever suffered from chronic pain

Anyone who has ever suffered from a terminal illness

Anyone who has a genetic relationship with someone who has had anxiety, depression or a mood disorder

Anyone who is currently experiencing any one of the above circumstances

Anyone who will be experiencing any one of the above circumstances

Anyone related to anyone who has, or will be experiencing, one of the above circumstances

Anyone who is taking medication or recreational drug meant to suppress, effect or increase serotonin, norepinephrine, gaba pain receptors, dopamine, or stimulate other parts of the brain including the pleasure and reward centers

If you are Happy, Happy, Happy, but have a 2 Drink 2 Valium minimum during stressful times, you are experiencing anxiety and using anti-anxiety medication

Even the Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Psychopaths who are feeling no pain suffer from a Major Mental Illness that has gone untreated

Anyone who has ever had Anxiety, Depression, or a Mood Disorder and been treated has tried to Heal, Restore, Reflect, Improve, Function, and Adopt Positive thoughts and Lifestyle changes.

If you have been on anti-anxiety, or antidepressant medication, and you call someone else “crazy”, you are forgetting that you have had more advantages than most and could use your experience to help comfort or empathize with someone else

If you have any more labels left over, I suggest you use them to wrap up your packages and give everyone else a break.

If you have read down to the bottom, thank you for your patience and reading my post.

linus cartoon_humanityPeople put so much stress on themselves all year long, but between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the internal perfectionist kvetches very loudly. “Everything has to be just perfect” is a tough taskmaster; parties, menus, gifts, clothes, music — so many choices, and the pressure to recreate mystical unicorns of holidays past, can add to already mounting anxiety. With long term unemployment, fear in the economy and crushing debt, not to mention dysfunctional families and jobs, there is more than enough stress to go around. Here are some ideas to help you navigate through some of it now and the whole year through. Wishing You All the Best!!

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