8 Ways To Happiness: Deliberate Intent

"All of us who are happy have the intention of being happy. It seems to me that intention is the key."
- Janet Jantzen

1) Responsibility
2) Deliberate Intent
3) Acceptance
4) Beliefs
5) Gratitude
6) This Moment
7) Honesty
8) Perspective

2) Make Happiness A Deliberate Intention

How often do you base whether you'll be happy or not, on the circumstances and conditions in your life? "When this happens, I'll be happy. When I get this house, car, relationship, job, this problem is solved, have self esteem, get out of this marriage (the list is endless) ... thenI'll be happy."

What if your happiness was...
More important than changing?
More important than getting what you want?
More important than making more money?
More important than being healthy?
More important than having friends?
More important than being respected?
More important than having the right career?
More important than being in a great relationship?

What if you could be happy while pursuing the things you want? Whose to say you can't? Is there any reason you can't experience joy while creating the life you want?

What we focus on becomes larger in our lives. If you focus on feeling happy, you will feel happier. Consider this. If you don't have to use unhappiness to motivate yourself to accomplish something, you could pursue your desires while being happy. You could feel good, right here, right now. It's all about setting the intention to feel good at the top of your list. To understand this more fully, I recommend you read Emotional Options by Mandy Evans.

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One of the surprising and amazing results of deliberately making happiness important in your life, is how much more effective you will be at creating what you want!

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Staff, H. (2008, December 7). 8 Ways To Happiness: Deliberate Intent, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: August 6, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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