I do marvel that Happiness for Dummies is not a “dummies” book, that it does have valid content that makes you think!
Dr. Gentry described hardy personality in Chapter 6 of Happiness for Dummies– people who are resilient, who are survivors. He noted that hardy people grow stronger, happier and more competent over their lifetime (p. 73). Dr. Gentry described the 3 “C’s” – control, commitment and challenge which are traits of hardy people.
People with control are masters of their own destiny and take ownership. They have commitment which helps them have a sense of purpose. Interestingly, on page 77 of Happiness for Dummies, Dr. Gentry described how cultural changes have caused people to become disenfranchised. Some months ago I started to realize that so many people have become isolated — maybe due to the internet, texting, etc. He speaks of the need for people to reconnect, which is a goal I have for the timetoplay site. Last is challenge — Dr. Gentry described this as how people look at stress. He noted that conflict creates missed opportunity, and instead of people considering situations a challenge, stress promotes negativity which creates the downward spiral we’ve read about in past threads. Instead we should all see stress as opportunity.
I did love this statement: Anything worth doing is worth doing well (p. 78). I recently went to a training seminar where they used “The way you do anything is the way you do everything”. It’s a really visual, though provoking statement. It should make you strive to achieve. I know I’ve implemented this into my thought process and have noticed a marked difference in my day. Happiness for Dummies is a great read for anyone!
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Embrace the timetoplay philosophy: You have to be happy, healthy, have money and a work life balance to enjoy life. It’s time to enjoy your life. Be sure to check out timetoplay.com for resources for a better life.