The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.


Are you unhappy? Why?

I have met people who can be unhappy under the most ideal of circumstances, and others who can find happiness living within the most dire circumstances. 

If both of those are true, then isn’t happiness more of a state of mind, than a destination?

Finding opportunity to be appreciative of the things in your world that give you joy is one of the many daily regimens of people who seem to lead the most content of lives. They leverage gratitude in their lives to differentiate anything that they are potentially feeling or experiencing gratitude for or about from the day-to-day regimens of their normally arcane lives. 

In their focus and gratitude, they awaken the part of their being that is truly jubilant about all of the benefits that exist in their current lives, and they leverage that to their greatest potential. 

There is an attitude that brings happiness forth. That attitude is usually constrained by variables such as perceptions of reality, understanding of the deeper secrets of how life works, and a basis in general philosophical approaches that negate the humdrum side of life, and in exchange, elevate the higher level, higher frequency, perspectives. 

When we are able to recognize that happiness is a switch that can be turned on through a mental approach, we discover one of the single most liberating qualities of life, which is the ability to maintain our own emotional demeanor, such that nobody else and no other circumstance can impede our ability to thrive. 

With these tools, training and general understanding, we are considerably more equipped to take on the tougher chapters of our lives, and find our greatest strengths within them.

Happy Wednesday!

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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!