Happiness and positive psychology have become such an important part of who I am that I feel compelled to educate people about it. In the latest edition of The Slight Edge, I made sure to include an entire chapter on happiness, because I believe it dovetails perfectly with how the slight edge philosophy works.
My mother is a great example of my first awareness that happiness and having a positive attitude can really make an impact on your life. She became a widow when I was 11 years old, working as an administrative assistant at our church. Raising three kids on that kind of salary was never easy—nor was losing her husband to a heart attack. But she plugged away, and was always happy and had a great attitude. She made the proactive choice to stay positive, and it’s served her well throughout her life.
I didn’t learn about the science of positive psychology until about ten years ago, but I heard about it from someone who worked as a graduate assistant for Dr. Martin Seligman—the father of positive psychology. Then, there was a cover story of the January 2005 issue of Time magazine on “The Science of Happiness”: the movement was really picking up steam. In 2013 I was able to attend the Third World Congress on Positive Psychology, and I heard Dr. Seligman speak. After seeing the scientific research and data that was presented, it was overwhelmingly clear that this kind of knowledge has the power to change lives.
I love personal development. I love making people better. In fact, I live for it. So if I could start educating people on this new philosophy of happiness by creating more awareness of it, then why wouldn’t I? Thus, the beginning idea for Live Happy was born!