Photo of author, Douglas Goldstein, CFP(r)

You know how you sometimes feel down? Well it happens to all of us. I don’t mean clinically depressed. I just mean that you want to be happier, but you can’t quite get there. I found a way to conquer that problem, and after testing it for a while, I decided I had to share it with the world.

 

I realized that if people could appreciate all of the goodness around them, they would be happier. When I say “all of the goodness,” I really mean it. There is so much to be grateful for, but we just pass over it. We’re too involved in day-to-day life that we simply miss the smiles, the flavors, the sounds, and, well… everything!


I created The Constant Happiness Gratitude Journal in order to help people boost their happiness by increasing their gratitude. And it really seems to be working!


In “real life,” I am a financial planner, helping people who live outside the United States handle their investment portfolios in America. (If you’d like to learn more about that, or more about my professional credentials, please check out the website for my company, Profile Investment Services, Ltd.)


Having been blessed with fantastic clients, many of whom are quite wealthy, I realized that their happiness did not derive from their portfolios. In fact, those few people who really focused on the money were the ones who often had more personal problems. On the other hand, those who spent more time thinking about how to use their funds to experience life more fully, were much happier. In general, they spent money on activities with their spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends. Accumulation of goodies was not the goal; appreciating their world, however, was.

 

I am grateful for the thousands of conversations that I have had in almost 30 years as a financial professional because I have gotten to study the nature of human happiness.
 

I’d love to hear from you about how you have found happiness, and if you’d like to share with others, please join the discussion at the Constant Happiness Facebook page.

Douglas Goldstein, CFP®