Being More Interesting and Happy

I recently read a couple of articles by Jessica Hagy at Forbes.com that got me thinking about what it takes to be successful, interesting, and happy (or not so much). She has an interesting way of “using visuals to tell stories, jokes, and truths.” In one article, “The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness),” she discusses some of the factors that impede progress in our lives, including:

●        Settling for what’s available rather than looking beyond to what’s truly possible

●        Being ignorant of what’s possible and not pushing ourselves beyond “good enough”

●        Lacking momentum or allowing oneself to get trapped in a rut

●        Being too passive, i.e., not trusting your own “inner voice.” It’s not always best to agree with everything

All of her six factors have threads of commonality – laziness, being too comfortable with what we have or are doing and not reaching beyond our comfort zones to truly achieve individual greatness.

In another article, “How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps),” she offers 10 tips on how to push beyond the boundaries “to be more interesting;” these tips also share common threads – action and pushing against our comfort zones, which I also think can in many ways help us to be more happy. Her tips include:

●        Exploring – whether it be ideas, places, and opinions

●        Sharing what we discover with others

●        Being active and present in our lives

●        Embracing our strengths

●        Daring to be more bold instead of just settling

While these ideas may seem obvious, sometimes it’s nice to see them laid out in a simple, straightforward way to get you thinking. Too often we get stuck in our own personal ruts, including work, relationships, and our daily lives.

Two great quotes for Eleanor Roosevelt seem relevant here:

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

What do you think?

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