HAPPINESS VS.

INSPIRATION

INSPIRATION IS EASY

Choosing Happiness is Hard, but Choosing Inspiration is Easy

Choosing Happiness is Hard, but Choosing Inspiration is Easy

When I hear the “happiness is a choice” being shouted from the mountain tops, I just end wanting to shout back, “what about the rest of us down here?” I wish I could live by this mantra and just “choose” happiness, but I haven’t figured out how to flip that happiness switch that easily. That’s when I turn to inspiration!

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INSPIRATION IS ACTIONABLE WITH IMMEDIATE BENEFITS

Elusive vs. Actionable

Elusive vs. Actionable

The path to the happiness we’ve come to know, expect and accept is elusive, while the path to inspiration is immediate. Getting happy isn’t instantaneous. Sometimes it’s a lot of work. Sometimes it’s a lot of waiting or infinite waiting, or when we get happy, it’s not what we expected. Inspiration, on the other hand, is actionable. You can get inspired intentionally anytime, anywhere!

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Difficult vs. Easy to Influence

Difficult vs. Easy to Influence

When happiness is hinged on people, events or circumstances out of our control, we have very little influence over what “makes” us happy. But it’s easy to influence feeling inspired, which leads us to the true happiness we desire and deserve! Even when we have a flood of competing priorities, we can choose to let simple daily activities inspire us by indulging in their inspiring qualities.

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Circumstantial vs. Intentional

Circumstantial vs. Intentional

Why wait for the right circumstances to live the life you hope will make you happy when you can bring intention into any moment and indulge in inspiration? Don’t settle for being happy when, and instead be inspired now!

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INSPIRATION IS LIVING & LOVING LIFE IN THE PRESENT

Unrealistic Destination vs. Realistic Experience

Unrealistic Destination vs. Realistic Experience

When we start thinking about the “I’ll be happy when’s,” which inherently assume that once we become “happy,” the struggle is over. We want to believe we’ll arrive at our destination with a one way ticket and metaphorically sip margaritas in the sun indefinitely. But we’re holding our happiness hostage in the meantime!

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Avoiding Reality vs. Experiencing Reality at its Best

Avoiding Reality vs. Experiencing Reality at its Best

Happiness is a break from our lives, but taking a break is not recharging. Our souls are not quenched by distractions or an escape from life’s trials. We want to enjoy connecting and fully experience the connected moments that make us feel alive. With inspiration, we can instead dive into the present, living and loving every inspired moment, experiencing reality at it’s best.

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INSPIRATION IS FEELING TRULY ALIVE

How it Feels: Calming vs. Energizing

How it Feels: Calming vs. Energizing

Sometimes we want to feel light and easy, especially when we need a break from life’s daily challenges. Unfortunately, this type of feeling is exactly that: a break from life at it’s worst, when instead we can enjoy the feeling of living life at it’s best.

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INSPIRATION CREATES POSITIVE & RECHARGING ENERGY

INSPIRATION CONNECTS US TO PURPOSE

What vs. Why

What vs. Why

  HAPPINESS  It’s hard to choose happiness INSPIRATION It’s easy to get inspired Some of us think if we just had more money, then we would be happy. If we just looked a certain way or met the partner of our dreams, then we would be happy. And then what? “Happily ever...

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INSPIRATION IS FULFILLING

Ending in Disappointment vs. Fulfillment

Ending in Disappointment vs. Fulfillment

When we’re happy, we don’t want it to end. Of course we don’t! But this sets us up for disappointment. Inspiration, on the other hand, has a built-in end, so your expectations are set accurately from the beginning.

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Loaded With vs. Free of Expectations

Loaded With vs. Free of Expectations

Expectations are based on the future, which we can’t control, and yet we can’t help but hope to be the exception. We put expectations on happiness that often ensure we later experience disappointment, but we don’t have to expect anything from inspiration because inspiration is always good enough exactly as it is.

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INSPIRATION IS AUTHENTIC

Happiness Looks Outside vs. Inspiration Starts Within

Happiness Looks Outside vs. Inspiration Starts Within

  HAPPINESS  Potentially rooted in external factors or people INSPIRATION Rooted in our true selves We might look outside ourselves for sources of happiness. We may even be partially successful at obtaining the happiness we've come to know, expect and accept, making...

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Enticing vs. Unnecessary to Fake

Enticing vs. Unnecessary to Fake

We either are or aren’t inspired. We’re not a little inspired or “kinda” inspired. We are inspired, uninspired, or the topic or experience is irrelevant to us. But happiness? We can be a little happy or a lot happy, but there isn’t a definitive threshold of being happy or not being happy. It’s easy to fake or lie about being happy. Being inspired is concrete. That’s why it’s so easy to jump into it, even for a moment, and really feel it and mean it.

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INSPIRATION IS WORRY-FREE

Thinking About Living vs. Feeling Alive

Thinking About Living vs. Feeling Alive

  HAPPINESS  The voice narrating our every thought is in full effect INSPIRATION The voice narrating our every thought has no role Inspiration quiets the voice. The voice is the chatter we hear that narrates every aspect of our day and conversationally shares the...

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Stimulates Controlling Behavior vs. Doesn’t

Stimulates Controlling Behavior vs. Doesn’t

  HAPPINESS  Stimulates controlling behavior to ensure happiness INSPIRATION Controlling behavior is irrelevant Sometimes, we want to “make” others happy to get what we think we need to feel happy. Making other people happy starts with the assumed feelings, needs and...

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INSPIRATION IS IMMUNE TO ADVERSITY

Vulnerable vs. Immune to Adversity

Vulnerable vs. Immune to Adversity

  HAPPINESS Potentially vulnerable when facing adversity INSPIRATIONImmune to adversity Happiness is too easily shaken when someone criticize us. If we share happy news and someone responds critically or with judgment, we can't help but to feel discouraged, and our...

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