Happiness is...

What people believe forms what they achieve. (1) What you believe shapes what you achieve. We create our own reality. Because we create our own reality, we can change it.

One of the most difficult truths to swallow is: I can change … that we do not have to remain as we have always been.

YES. You CAN change.

Believing that we can change puts us in control of our lives. It elevates us. It makes us better regardless of the “arena” (i.e. work, school, home, neighborhood) we are in. Seeing that we can change frees us to act, to keep making decisions. Our vision is clear – we can see how our actions have a direct effect on outcomes in our lives. We have greater control over our stress. We are happier, more motivated and more successful. (2)

Many messages in life are subtly whispering in our ear that we are stuck – you are what you are, you’ll never changeyou can’t lose the weightyou’ll never conquer your angeryou’ll always be anxious, depressed, no good, broken. But the truth is, you - YOU - can change! Millions around you have. They are capable of it. Why not you?

As we grow to truly believe in ourselves, our perspective is transformed. What we previously saw as threats become challenges and opportunities. We are no longer fixed beings. We are flexible and malleable. We are resilient. We can learn and grow. We can become. We conquer. Failure is no longer petrifying or final. Achievement and success are possible. Fulfillment becomes our reality.

The greatest limiting factor in our success and progress are our beliefs. From them our brain constructs our reality and shapes our achievements.

Believing that our reality is up for the taking because WE - CAN - CHANGE is where success and happiness reside.


“Happiness is not the belief that [you] don’t need to change; it is the realization that [you] can.”

-Shawn Achor


  1. Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, 2006.
  2. Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. Positivity, 2009.
  3. Shawn Achor, Ph.D. The Happiness Advantage, 2010.

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