OMG I can’t handle another goal-setting exercise this time of year!
I prefer to believe that I am perfect just the way I am
(And I believe that you are, too!)
Instead of New Year’s resolutions or making plans to get what you want, why not just decide today to be happy now?
On my latest vacation an edition of USA Today was dropped off at my hotel room, and the featured article on “Is This America’s Happiest Woman?” caught my eye.
Normally, I don’t read the paper or the news…
But if you could learn who the happiest woman is in our great land is — and more importantly, WHY she is — wouldn’t you want to know?
Heck, I figured it was Oprah or maybe Michelle Obama. But I had to find out for myself!
Curiosity got the best of me!
And I was wrong. Turns out, it’s Mary Claire Orenic.
Allow me to introduce you to Mary, who was found by a well-being improvement firm that partnered with Gallup to compile the characteristics of happy women living in America.
She doesn’t have her name in lights, nor is she bombarded by paparazzi wherever she goes.
You haven’t seen her on TV, and you’ve never read a book by her.
In fact, she’s a lot more attainable than you may think!
(And if you’re building a home-based business, you’re off to a great start…)
Mary is a 50-year-old, happily married mother of one teenage son. She has a four-year college degree plus graduate MBA, and telecommutes full-time as a mentor-manager for a healthcare company. She and her husband bring in a healthy six-figure income annually. She exercises almost everyday by walking or riding the elliptical machine. She lives in a 2000 square foot home on the beach in California. She is close with family and has about 10 solid friends she can count on.
And there you have it. But what is so special about this combination?
While Mary is just one person of the massive demographic highlighted by this article, she represents the picture of well-being that is shared by happy women in America.
My interpretation is that to be happy, it helps to have a job that gives you a sense of accomplishment and contribution.
And like Mary, in our line of work as networkers we are helping others by teaching and coaching them to build an income, change their lives, and in turn help others themselves.
Mary makes a good income, and how settling is it to know you have stable income coming in each month?
In network marketing we take responsibility for determining our income. It is entirely up to YOU; not a manager or boss.
Mary has a son that is relatively independent, and also has healthy parents, so this offers her more time for herself and freedom from being a major caregiver.
Mary is certainly more active than most Americans, but she’s not a gym rat. And I believe just moving your body, even if it’s a short stroll, clears your head, makes your heart beat so you can feel it in your chest, and gives you an overall sense of well-being.
So many of us are lucky enough to be affiliated with health, nutrition, and wellness companies where activity is emphasized, and making fitness a priority is encouraged.
And who can underestimate girlfriends? Even a compassionate husband with a listening ear is no substitute for venting with a friend and helping each other sort out our lives.
While I’m nowhere near the almost-empty-nester stage that Mary is enjoying (my little girl is taking her morning nap right now, if that tells you anything!) I am grateful for the qualities that America’s Happiest Woman and I share:
- Meaningful work
- No commute!
- Wonderful husband whom I adore
- One kiddo (although most of the happiest woman have two)
- Healthy parents
- Excellent physical and emotional health
- Great friends
- Substantial income
So as we all begin 2012 together, I encourage you to take a moment and be grateful for what makes YOU happy!
I invite you to list below in the comments section what things in your life put a smile on your face and cause you to give thanks now.
And as you go pursue your goals and dreams this year, let’s remember not to postpone happiness for when everything is achieved.
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