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Finding Happines

 

Happiness depends on ourselves. – Aristotle

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. Andrew Carnegie

Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you. Deepak Chopra

 

Being an actor requires you to know yourself deeply. And knowing what makes you happy is an important part of that knowledge. If you know what makes you happy—short term and long—you can begin to design a full life. And you only get this one life, am I right?

Happiness – Long and Short Term

In the long term, you know your big goals and dreams will make you happy and the steps you need to get there become laid out in front of you. Happiness can seem far away, but there is direction. 

In the short term however, negative experiences can get in our way and do their best to derail us—a parking ticket, a mishap, a miscommunication. But we have the ability to chose how we react to negativity. 

And yes!—it is also important to feel those negative emotions because they make us human and can be an amazing asset in our work as actors. We also need the dark times to make the light times that much brighter. 

Choosing Happiness

But in the end, through the pain, the negativity, the rejection, the just not feeling good about that audition—it’s possible to come out the other side with a choice to be happy. Because happy is what keeps you going. And in order to make those big dreams and long term goals happen, you’ve got to keep going. 

Your happiness is up to you and how you define it. Because as Aristotle said, “Happiness depends on ourselves.”

 

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