I always advise my daughters to focus on what they love (versus what they hate) and to look for the positive in people and situations (instead of wallowing in the negative). I try to share words of wisdom… like, “a positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” (This wisdom courtesy of Wade Boggs). Do inspired quotes inspire them? The jury is still out…
Pondering the 80/20 principle recently. You might know it as the Pareto Principle which states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. In the office we say, 80% of our sales come from roughly 20% of our clients. The principle is rooted in the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto‘s observation from 1906 that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. Here is the one I love…. 20% of the pea pods in Vilfredo Pareto’s garden contained 80% of the peas. Fascinating, right? My own little spin: I wear 20% of my clothes 80% of the time! In my garden, its seems to be 20% blooms and 80% green foliage.
I am not sure where I am going with this line of thought. Maybe, just maybe, this principle might advance happiness? By taking notice of what areas of our lives make our heart sing (that magical 20% that causes 80% of happiness) perhaps we could actively expand h a p p i n e s s!
What 20% is driving the best moments in your life?
Nope…check out You Could be Happy by Snow Patrol.
I especially love these lyrics….