This blog contains three stories about four women who created happiness for themselves or thousands of women and children. And about how you can do this too! Who you are and how you create your own happiness influences your business success. Allow yourself to be inspired.
1. A personal journey to happiness
Nothing needs to be the way it’s always been is the story of a young girl growing up in a world that is nothing short of a fairytale. Except, she somehow found herself living in Wicked County, one of many counties in Happy Childhood Land. Her life was tough with stepdads and abuse and all kinds of misery.
This young girl grows up
Finds herself married to this wonderful hubby. Becomes mom to this wonderful boy. And to this wonderful girl. Runs a marathon. Has an international job. Publishes a book. Has great friends.
And suffers a great loss
Her beautiful first born son is taken from her just one month after his birth. And all the while, her memories and imprints from Wicked County continue to colour her every-day existence in such a way that when her daughter asks her whether she is happy, she cannot honestly say “yes”. The book is about how she made sure her daughter will never need to ask if mommy is happy every again. ‘Cause mommy is. Happy. Finally.
The young girl somehow managed to find her passport and sneak out of Wicked County. She went on an incredible road trip. Discovered other interesting counties she can decide to live in and eventually finds herself setting up home in the newly discovered Land of Happiness.
If you want to read a very personal, and powerful, and honest, and true, and… happy, story, Nothing needs to be the way it’s always been is just that! In the meantime, this beautiful woman has become a therapist herself and is now able to help many other people on their journey, having paved the way.
What county were you born into?
What part of Happy Childhood Land did you live in?
What stamps have your collected in your Childhood Passport?
2. A shared journey into happiness
The second story is of 2 women with a mission who have found a way to not only live their own dream but at the same time, while living theirs, enabling thousands of other moms, other women, to begin to live theirs.
Over the span of eight years, they created
183,000 jobs for women in India
You do NOT have to be a mathematician or sociologist, or even a woman or mom yourself, to understand how this impacts the lives of more than double that number of children, positively. Imagine. The only thing it took to get started was a dream.
This dream is called Women on Wings.
What is your dream?
What is it that you really love?
What is that you would like to contribute to someone else’s live?
3. An entire suitcase full of happiness
Would it not be wonderful if all of our children learn about Happiness at school?
And no longer have to go about finding a passport, getting a visa and going on a roadtrip to find the Land of Happiness but are in possession of a Suitcase full of Happiness?
This is exactly what my third and last story is about. About this very creative single mom of three, who teamed up with her sister and friends, and created a life changing program for kids. About. HAPPINESS.
Kids in the ages of 10- 12 are offered a series of “Lessons in Happiness”. They receive a Suitcase of Happiness at the beginning of their journey and they get to fill it themselves with talents, gratitude, sharing, happiness and more.
In September 2012, The Netherlands celebrated the “Happiness Week” which included various festivities such as a Happiness Dinner in which they collected sufficient means to be able to offer this program for free to 2800 kids in the schoolyear of 2012/2013.
What about your Suitcase of Happiness?
Do you have one?
Have you started packing it or is it still waiting in the attic?
These four women decided to create happiness
Be it for themselves, their daughter, other women, their own and other children, partners, friends or colleagues and more.
They decided that it was time.
They took response-ability for creating happiness
- I find these stories an incredible inspiration and one that I believe to be very true.
- I am very proud to say that I know all four women personally.
- I believe strongly in taking ownership. In taking response-ability.
- I have worked on packing my very own Suitcase with my very own stories of Happiness.
- I know it takes a effort, daily, to make a difference. Whether in your own life or that of someone else.
- I still have a number of things I wish to create, live, experience and… give.
Our Suitcases of Happiness always has room for more
There is always room for one more smile.
One more hug. One more story of Happiness.
Nor will they get any emptier if we start sharing what we’ve collected in it.
Our laughter, our joy, our tears, our very own happiness.
How do you create happiness?
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