Martha Beck discusses ways to find happiness in your life.
Why can’t I find happiness in my life? That is a question that I am asked for about ten years.
I remember walking around my house when I was 20 something, had three children under five. I was working.
I was going to school and I would walk around my house thinking the thought, please someone teach me how to be happy, which is I think eventually why I became a life coach.
What I learned was that I was waiting for good things to happen in my exterior life and what I needed was to discover the inner compass that was telling me how to change from the inside out.
So a period of quiet, a period of reflection every day, acknowledging the truth about your situation, what’s happening around you, what’s happening within you, and then acknowledging your desire where you want to go next in your life and taking a step forward everyday toward what you know inside you.
That changes your external circumstances so that then you have what looks to other people like the happy life that would make them feel joyful.
Actually it’s always opposite from what we think. We think that the right exterior circumstances would give us interior joy.
But the truth is that finding interior joy creates positive external circumstances. So you can always start because you are always sitting on the golden treasure chest, which is your own heart.
About Martha Beck:
Martha Beck, Ph.D., is a writer and life coach who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and master's and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.
Her non-academic books include the New York Times bestsellers “Expecting Adam” and “Leaving the Saints,” as well as “Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live” and her newest book, “Steering by Starlight.” Dr. Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including Real Simple and Redbook, and is currently a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine.