Choices That Lead to Happiness

Image courtesy of Mark Falardeau on Flickr

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;

the wise grows it under his feet.”

~James Openheim


Happiness is a choice.


I believe happiness is an attitude, not a state of being. And just as we can choose our attitude, we can choose to be happy. It’s not always easy, but I do believe there are choices we can intentionally make every day that will lead to happiness.


I recently read a brief blog post shared on, titled “25 Choices that Lead to Happiness.” Below I’ve posted ten of these choices that I’ve found almost always work in my own life:


  • “SMILE….often.”
  • “Eat healthy. Splurge periodically!”
  • “Keep your body fit and agile.”
  • “Be kind to strangers you encounter.”
  • “Express GRATITUDE…constantly….for your blessings.”
  • “Prayer. If you feel God is distant, it isn’t God who moved.”
  • “Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts….or with expressions of gratitude for things big and small.”
  • “Look at challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.”
  • “Give money to people in need, without judgment.”
  • “Do things that are FUN…regularly. Be playful!”


I can guarantee you, if you intentionally make and follow through on the choices above, you will discover greater happiness and success!


How about you, what choices would you add to the list?


Print Friendly, PDF & Email
no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

I am a leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about Leadership Excellence and Achieiving Greater Success. I am the author of the books Be An Inspirational Leader(2016) and Presidential Leadership (2013), and deliver keynote presentations on those topics and several others.

Featured posts


“Dan Nielsen is a gifted facilitator and inspiring presenter. He truly has a passion for leadership and for getting to the heart of the matter. He knows what it takes to motivate both individuals and groups and genuinely leads by the example he sets.”

Sharla K JonesVP, HR Learning & Development Manager, PlainsCapital Bank


“Dan is the ultimate professional. He has exceptional relationship development and group facilitation skills. He is a keen observer and is able to offer accurate insights into business relationships.”

- Brenda Moon, Vice President Client Executive, MedAssets


“Dan is a forward thinking leader who is optimistic, collaborative and open to change. He is trusted and respected by colleagues. His speaking style is enthusiastic, confident and engaging. You know that a successful outcome will be delivered when Dan is leading the way.”

- Rick Provencher, Director Member Solutions, Amerinet


“Dan is a great communicator and inspirational speaker. His message is positive and always very motivating. I recommend Dan to help any organization optimize their employees' potential.”

- John Penhollow, Director of Corporate Accounts, Medical Action Industriesi


“Dan is a gifted leader who has the extraordinary ability to develop a strategic vision and mobilize an organization to achieve it. He operates with great integrity and character. Dan completely understands business dynamics and utilizes that understanding to optimize exceptional leadership.”

- Stacy Shillan, IV Infusion & Respiratory Services, Walgreens


“Dan has a passion for leadership and for providing the tools for others to become effective, insightful leaders.”

- Linda DeWolf, Founder, Travel Well


More Testimonials>>