Keep in mind, all success comes from behaviors from doing something But all behaviors start out as thoughts mental activity.
There was no media campaign, no bookstore placement, no press release. We just published it. Promoted by word of mouth, from person to person, soon it was spreading like a grassfire, and before we knew it hundreds of thousands of people had read it and told others Some people think that personal happiness it.
Clearly, there was something in these pages that had struck a chord. Since that time we have received thousands of personal letters and emails from readers, of all ages and from all walks of life, telling us how The Slight Edge has touched their lives.
Now it was our responsibility, as we saw it, to make sure we kept making the book as relevant and as available as possible. In we helped produce an adaptation of the book aimed at teenagers.
Real Teens Talk about Using the Slight Edge, the book presented the core slight edge material in a more teen-friendly format, accompanied by dozens of stories from real-life teens about their experiences applying the principles in their lives.
With only a few years away, we started thinking about a tenth anniversary edition, which would incorporate a few new and critical concepts based on observations and experiences that had unfolded with The Slight Edge in the years since it first appeared.
Too much had happened in the meantime. So we decided to pull the trigger and make the Tenth Anniversary Edition into the Eighth Anniversary Edition you now hold in your hands. This edition offers a complete rewriting and reorganization of the original material.
Probably the most significant change in this edition is the addition of two entirely new chapters—The Secret of Happiness and The Ripple Effect—that take the concept of the slight edge to new levels of depth and breadth.
These chapters explore the effect the slight edge has on two critical areas of life, everyday happiness and long-term impact, and insights from these two chapters play out throughout the rest of the book as well. I hope you enjoy it. Happiness is the key to success.
Up to that point I had studied, applied, and taught the slight edge mainly as it applied to four big areas of life: Then, starting in the late s, I began learning about a fascinating new frontier of science called positive psychology. In plain terms, the science of happiness. A graduate assistant of Marty Seligman, the father of the science of positive psychology, shared with me a funny story about the massive shift in psychology that occurred over the past 20 years.
For most of the last hundred-plus years, the modern study of psychology has focused mainly on what goes wrong with people: There has been startlingly little attention paid to what habits, practices, or influences build up our nobler instincts and better nature.
Until the turn of the twenty-first century. In the late nineties a Philadelphia psychologist named Martin Seligman had a thought: What if happiness is more than simply the absence of sadness?
What if we could have a kind of psychology that focused on the positive, instead of the negative? Call this idea a water hyacinth. Seligman shared the idea with a colleague, and they shared it with a few more. The small group then invited nearly two dozen of the best and brightest young researchers in the country to join their cause.
They began generating a stream of research cash to pursue their idea.
Six months later Seligman presented the idea to a convention of thousands of psychologists drawn from around the country. By the early s millions of dollars were funding an avalanche of new research, international associations and journals were founded, and an entirely new branch of psychology had been born.
By the middle of the decade, the public caught on to what was happening. The water hyacinth had covered the lake. In a way, all that science echoed and built upon another revolution that happened a few hundred years earlier.
Life means your health. The healthier you are, the more life you experience. Better health not only lets you live out all the days of a longer life, it also lets you live more life in each and every one of those days.
Poor health is like a cloudy, smoggy day: Let your health get bad enough, and you lose your life altogether. Financial health gives you freedom; freedom to follow your passions, chase your pursuits, develop your skills and talents and gifts, to fulfill the promises of life itself.
And the pursuit of happiness? The founders of the American experiment wanted to frame a context, an environment where individuals could go about pursuing happiness, whatever that meant for them, in relative peace and freedom.Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, eudaimonia, flourishing and well-being.. Since the s, happiness research has been conducted in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including gerontology, social.
When you learn a new way to think, you can master a new way to be at Think Better, Live Better For instance, for some people, money brings happiness, while for some others, having a decent job or a high salary is only a way of meeting some basic requirements that every human has.
Secondly, in different societies, people define it differently.
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.
Hey Chris absolutely luv reading your posts – I am 59 years old and studied to become a personal trainer 4 years ago – wanted so much to help other people and not just talk to a computer!
"There is only one success - to spend your life in your own way." - Christopher Morley "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.".