Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.

Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.


Are you fully content right now?

Irrespective of the fire in your belly that drives you to achieve ever greater heights and propels you to new challenges and opportunities of your choosing, are you grateful for everything that you are, and that is in your world, today?

Happiness never arrives. “Happiness is not a destination,” as Emerson said, “it is a way to travel.” If you have not discovered this basic truth, you will be in a perpetual race to find a happy place in which you are finally content, but, the sad truth is…. You will never get there.

You are already there now, or unless you come to this simple realization, you are never going to get there. Ever. 

Happiness does not come via any possession, nor through any relationship, nor through any achievement. It never comes. Ever. It is always there, waiting your awareness of its existence. 

If that sounds counterintuitive and your mind is racing with objections about how happy you feel when you get something new, or meet someone new or accomplish something of importance and magnitude, then you are looking at signposts that make you aware of your happiness but which are not, in and of themselves, the cause or reason for the happiness.

An internal stillness sets the table for happiness. A clearing of the heart and mind and an allowance for an acceptance of what is, paired with gratitude for all that is currently making you feel content and joyous in life, are the sole ingredients required for happiness. 

There genuinely is no physical or living thing that will facilitate happiness for any length of time, if you are not at full peace with what happiness truly is and where it stems from.

So the next time you are pining for that amazing new toy, relationship, trip, experience or other stimuli, keep in mind that these are outstanding variables in our world which come to rest comfortably upon the happiness which we already possess. Then, when these “treats” arrive, you will be that much more capable of fully enjoying each and every one of them for what they truly are, and in that process, your happiness will expand exponentially.

(Happy) Sunday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!