Influence, popularity and money do not create the most happiness for people; rather, autonomy, life purpose and relationships top the list of Marilyn Tam’s new book “The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions that Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” The author is CEO of Aveda, President of Reebok Apparel Products & Retail Group and VP of Nike and the Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation.
Therese Borchard interviewed Tam in Sanity Break.
“Research has shown that a person is happiest, healthiest and most successful when he/she is making a positive difference; taking care of himself or herself physically, mentally, spiritually and has loving relationships. There are five decisions we make every day to bring us either more happiness or less – what we choose to do with, and how we treat our:
- Spiritual life
Knowing your life purpose will help guide you in allocating the proper amount of energy and attention to each of these five key aspects of your life. Dynamic balance is what we strive for—we can’t do it all but we can adjust the resources we dedicate toward each part of our life at each stage of our life. Situations and priorities change over time but knowing our reasons for being will guide us along the way. By being conscious about what we choose to do, we can get buy-in and cooperation from others more easily than when we are acting without awareness.”
This interview is a positive jolt of adrenaline toward listening to our selves, then acting with integrity to achieve our highest purposes. See it here: