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Create Your Own Happiness and Success

Updated on December 30, 2012
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Michael is an English Ex Pat living the good life in Sweden. Self help and clean air can only be a good thing.

How to start thinking


The following Hub uses sarcasm to put across a point. Some people may be offended, some may even find it useful or entertaining. I hope that you read to the end and enjoy it none the less.

If you go to a book store in many countries today and look at the "Top 10" you will often see several "self help" books scattered amongst the rest. Apparently you can think yourself thin, create your own good luck, or even learn to communicate with spirit guides and see the aura.

(At this juncture the author would like to note that he thinks that these things are all possible, but learning them from a paperback book is tantamount to tackling Mt. Everest with climbing boots made of butter, but I digress).

One can divide the books into several types,self help for work, for spiritual enlightenment, or to increase your luck, success and financial stability. But, can they really help us become successful, happy and achieve self-actualization as in Maslow's hierarchy of needs, or are these self help books just another cynical way to take money from people who need it more than the writer does.

What Does Happiness Mean to Me?

This can be difficult to define for many people. They are searching for an over reaching happiness in every aspect of their lives. This can be impossible to achieve, few people can hand on heart say that they are happy with every aspect of their lives.

What we need to remember is that happiness can come in small amounts, a cup of coffee, a cigarette, a large glass of red wine or a brilliant song on the radio.

It may come in five minutes packages, or it may be an event so large that you can't understand what is happening, a major life changing event like a baby, or a new job.

Of course, these things that can bring joy can also cause stress in equal amounts.

How Can I Make a Change in my Life?

I think that being depressed can be environmental, but genetics also of course play a massive role. Happiness can be achieved by empowering yourself to make choices, and through these choices you make in your life you create opportunities.

Happiness comes from the results, be that a smile, a cup of tea or something else. To get results you must first create opportunities. When you can see more and more results and happiness, you will want to create more opportunities.

I call this the "Zakmoonbeam Circular Theory of Happiness!" If you look at the picture below, I think it explains the circle easier than a wall of text.

This is not meant to be taken seriously
This is not meant to be taken seriously | Source

But, if you have sudden and total control and can create your own happiness, what does it mean for religion? Is that why we need more books to become more spiritual? Why do we need God if we can just take what we want from life?

I created my theory of happiness in 10 minutes over a cup of coffee. I did this hub to see if I could shows how easy it can be to talk about something you know nothing about. Believe me when I say that I know NOTHING on psychology (although that may well be very apparent to some readers)!

It it important for me to say at this point that I think that religion has a big place in modern life, and I have my own strong beliefs. I feel it's sad how it is taking more and more a back seat in the upbringing of our families, and perhaps has had a dramatic impact on this generations morals.

But there are too many people that feel the need to write books about things they know little or nothing about, safe in the knowledge that people desperate for happiness, success and spiritual enlightenment will buy it and devour every word.

And that is dangerous.

If you want to strive for a better life and happiness, you can buy my new book I hope to publish in the next few weeks. It's called "Buy my book and help create happiness for you and me."

The first 25 pages are blank, so you can really help yourself!


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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up, funny and interesting. I love the way you think and write! It is amazing how some people will spend a fortune and years researching and trying to find happiness, when in reality it is all around them. Stick with positive people. Look in the mirror every day and tell yourself you are great. Smile, laugh and joke with those around you. Push off the negativity. I guess for some of us it comes as second nature. I do have some bad news though. I won't be buying your book I'm going to save my money and buy some happiness in the form of a banana split.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Oh Zak..... I am dying here.... Laughing! Your last part "buy my book....", is a scream!!

      Good thoughts, I wrote about happiness also, but your one is better ;)

      Sharing it, and funny!

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Zak - I'm back. Needed another lift and corners of mouth turned up. Have a blessed day, Debby

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      What a great read... I love your take on happiness and I am even more fond when it comes in a sarcastic tone (as in that is the tone I have a tendency to understand better) I have to agree that if you want happiness you have to create it for yourself. And no Self help book is going to really help you unless you are willing to put forth the effort. That beingn said, I wrote a very similiar book - and it is also blank! :)

      Great hub!

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      Michael Murchie 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I read your Hub, it was a really great read and it made me smile! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and for the great advice :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Zakmoonbeam ~ You is a genius! Happiness at your footstool. Just be happy! A cup of coffee is good. Satisfaction. Attitude. Turned up lips at the corners. Twinkle in the eye. Happiness! Voila. You may enjoy my Hub on how happiness in contagious. That's the disease I want to catch. Blessings, Debby

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      Michael Murchie 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks for the compliment Sweetguide, glad you enjoyed it !

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      sweetguide 5 years ago from River side

      A very interesting read, well written and researched, thoroughly enjoyed this thank you and voted up.

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      Michael Murchie 6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Thanks for reading and commenting Chelseacharleston, nice to see I am not the only one getting frustrated !

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      Michael Murchie 6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      As soon as it's back from the printers, it's yours!!

      I have to agree with your point on organised religions in hindsight, especially with some of the recent scandals. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment :)

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      chelseacharleston 6 years ago

      LOL I totally understand your frustration! Everyone hits that point. I did recently. But I still think it's all part of a divine process because it takes tidbits of information from here and there to develop the outlook that would prompt someone to write a hub as you just did LOL. It's all divine in my mind. GReat HuB!

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      LOL Can I get an autographed copy of "Buy my book and help create happiness for you and me"?

      Regarding religions, I think most of them failed and are failing at trying to establish a common moral ground through which societies can exist in a harmonious, fluid and peaceful manner. This can be seen if we simply look around, in my opinion.

      I enjoyed your piece of writing; 'twas fun and interesting! Cheers.