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Life is too short to be anything but happy.

You know how sometimes you’ll be going through your day and you’ll come across something that makes you stop in your tracks? You may see something beautiful; or listen to a beautiful piece of music or hear an amazing bit of wisdom.

Well,  one day I was listening online to a TED conference, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). The speaker was Shawn Anchor, a professor who teaches Positive Psychology at Harvard University.  He said something the changed the way I looked at life.  He said

“Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy.  But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backwards: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient and productive”…

He said, we have it backwards;  “Happiness Fuels Success!”   I don’t know why but for me this was an “Ah ha” moment. Success comes from being happy not the other way around.  I had lived my whole life chasing success so that one day I could be happy but he was saying.  If I focused first on being happy I would be successful.

Well think about it…isn’t that what we are all looking for anyway to be happy?

We think if we get the right education, the right job,  make a lot of money, achieve great success then we will be happy.  Sometimes we spend our whole life trying to achieve it and when we finally do we are miserable.

Well!!! Why not be happy first.  My mantra became “Seek Happiness First”.

Soon after “The Laughing Goddess” was born

The Laughing Goddess is a company that provides products and events that inspire and challenge women to “LIVE OUT LOUD!” through humor and laughter. Our goal is to help women put a little fun back into their lives.

See Happiness First!

Dr. Gaye Freedman aka “the Laughing Goddess”