A model that will bring you happiness

May 23, 2013 by Joshua
in Awareness, Exercises, Models, Tips

[This post is part of a series on “Mental models and beliefs: an exercise to identify yours.” If you don’t see a Table of Contents to the left, click here to view the series, where you’ll get more value than reading just this post.]

Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that will make you happy, no matter what’s going on?

Today’s belief came from observations. It almost always happens. I mean, sometimes I’m too unhappy or stressed for it to work, but almost always.

A model that brings me happiness: If I’m enjoying good food at a table with good friends, I’m in a good mood.

Today’s post isn’t deep. I just found that sitting around a table with friend enjoying a meal I like puts me in a good mood. I prefer effective over deep any day.

Since happiness is so important to most people, today’s belief simplifies one of life’s bigger challenges. It doesn’t take much. Our needs as humans are simple. It undermines a lot of what marketers try to sell us, making us independent.

When I use this belief

I use this belief when I could use a good time and I wonder what to do. Do I need big elaborate plans? Do I need to work hard? No, good friends and good food will do the trick.

A nice wine never hurts.

What this belief replaces

This belief replaces wondering what creates happiness with at least one thing that works.

Where this belief leads

This belief leads to more good meals with good friends.

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