The Pursuit of Happiness
I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness lately. My book The Journey to Happy is launching on October 19 and I’m so excited! (and I’ll be sending you emails so you can buy it that day for just 99¢ (Plus you’ll get 5 free transformational videos and a meditation — it’s a great deal), so happiness has very much been on my mind.
I love the quote from Benjamin Franklin:
“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness,
only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”
First of all, do you find it as amazing as I do that our forefathers thought that happiness was so important that they included it as one of our rights that needed to be protected?
Here’s the entire quote (and [spoiler alert] it’s actually in the Declaration of Independence):
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
As I pondered this, I clicked on the “definition of pursuit of happiness”:
“The pursuit of happiness is defined as a fundamental right mentioned in the Declaration of Independence to freely pursue joy and live life in a way that makes you happy.”
Wow! So again, I find it so incredible that our forefathers thought that it was so important that we be able to pursue joy and live life in a way that makes us happy that they designed our country around it. That means not only do you have the right to the pursuit of happiness, but I think you have the responsibility to pursue happiness. Because happiness makes you better, it makes everyone around you better and it makes the world a better place
It’s so funny to me how when I’m writing these newsletters that some kind of synchronicity will very often happen. I get Abraham’s Daily Quote and this morning as I was writing this newsletter, I opened up their quote for today:
“The best thing you could do for anyone that you love, is be happy!”
It’s just so true. Doesn’t being around a happy person make you feel better? And doesn’t being around an unhappy person just drag you down? That may seem pretty simplistic, but it’s so important. As I talk about in my book, it’s all about energy. When we stay in the higher, faster (happier) vibrations, good things come to us. When we’re in the lower, slower (unhappy) vibrations, things in our lives just keep on getting worse and worse. The trick is to figure out how to get into those higher, faster (happier) vibrations and stay there as much as possible.
That’s what my whole life has been about and that’s what I talk about in the book. I tell the story of how I went from an unhappy, stressed out, burned out divorce attorney who was $50,000 in debt, 40 pounds overweight, and in an unhappy marriage and how everything started to change for me after I first came to Sedona.
The secret is in the subtitle of the book – “How Embracing the Concept That Nothing Is Wrong Can Transform Your Life”.
After struggling for so many years, I finally discovered that it was the struggle that was creating all the problems. The more I worried about money, the deeper in debt I went. The more I hated my body, the fatter I got.
What we resist persists. When I was finally able to drop the resistance, everything changed:
• $50,000 dropped out of the sky.
• I dropped 40 pounds (in 5 weeks without diet or exercise)
• I went from doing work I hated to doing the work of my dreams with Sedona Soul Adventures.
How did I do it? That’s what I talk about in the book and even better — I tell you how you can have the same results. I give you 9 Stepping Stones — simple, but incredibly powerful processes to transform every area of your life.
All of this was the basis for how Sedona Soul Adventures was created and is devoted to helping people like you to completely transform your life. To bring you the happiness that is your birthright.
It’s your responsibility to pursue your happiness. No one else and nothing outside of you can make you happy. It’s all an inside job. That’s the pursuit.
I’ve written the book so that more and more people know about Sedona Soul Adventures and the amazing transformations that happen here. What can happen in 3 or 4 days still astonishes me, even after all these years.
If you want to pursue your happiness in a big way (and who doesn’t want to pursue their happiness in a big way?) come to Sedona and do a Sedona Soul Adventures retreat. We’ll figure out where the resistance is and what’s holding you back from the life (or the relationship) of your dreams. We’ll take you through the process of learning how to drop the resistance and move into connection. We’ll give you the tools to get you into those higher, faster (happier) vibrations and stay there all the time. Too good to be true? Actually, it does even more than that!
Contact us, connect with an Angel Guide and they’ll explain how we can do that for you. Click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. Or if you’d prefer, call us toll free at 1-877-204-3664 (US and Canada). For our friends outside the US and Canada call 01 928-204-5988 or click here and one of our Angel Guides will call you. (Remember, we’re here for you on Sundays). Connect with the happiness that is your birthright.
Wishing you a week filled with happy,
Debra Stangl / Founder
Michele says her Soul Adventure was “life changing” and now “happiness is here to stay”
“The universe decided that I was going on this retreat on 11.11.11 and from the moment I made that decision, so many parts of my life started falling into place. I decided to do this trip completely alone and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This was a life changing experience and now that I am back home, I am “just happy” and I now “get it”. Never in my life did I have the ability to be happy without a reason, but I do now. In the 4 days I have been back, I have been put to the test. I fell back into an old pattern just yesterday but I now have the tools + the ability to snap out of it and get back to the place where I was back in Sedona. Doom + gloom is a place I never want to return back to + happiness is here to stay. When I turned 40 this past summer, I knew that I needed a big change in my life and Sedona Soul Adventures was exactly what the doctor ordered. All of the practitioners I met were all such remarkable, inspirational healers. I had amazing connections with all of them and I learned something different from each one. =)”
Michele Z., Lawrenceville, New Jersey
“Science Proves That Travel Makes You Happier” –
The Traveler eMagazine reported on this study from Cornell University “spending money on experiences is more likely to bring you lasting happiness than spending money on material objects. The reason being that people “adapt” to physical objects – meaning the things you’ve bought will bring decreasing amounts of happiness as time goes on and you get used to having them around – whereas those one-off experiences [like travel] will be looked back upon with joy that only increases.” So traveling to wonderful places makes us have a joy that continues to increase.
I know that is certainly true for me. Some of the most spectacular experiences of my life have been on our trips to Egypt and Peru.
Which one is on your bucket list?
Egypt: Feb. 12-26 Machu Picchu & Peru: June 17-30
Both the trips are so fantastic. Seeing these amazing places, traveling with other like-minded people (and you don’t have to be a Sedona Soul Adventures graduate to come with us – no previous experience required!), doing ceremonies at these sacred sites, seeing Machu Picchu for the first time, seeing the Great Pyramid and Sphinx for the first time, cruising down the Nile, it’s so fantastic.
Watch a video to see why our Egypt trip is so special – Click here
Get all the information on the Machu Picchu trip – Click here
Email me with questions – Debra@SedonaSoulAdventures.com
Travel makes you happier. Sacred Travel transforms your life – Join me!