• Written by Eric North aka “The Happiness Warrior”

As The Happiness Warrior, I believe that all of us have the power to change the story of our lives and the path that we take. Life is never easy, and we tend to seek safety, but when we walk through our fears we can begin to conquer them. We can raise our feelings of happiness when we learn to trust ourselves.

I believe that all of us are born with an innate sense to achieve, create, and inspire. It naturally starts when we’re young when our minds are first awakening. For a short time, we can be carefree and happy. All too soon, we encounter judgment, and learn to adjust our behavior to please others and avoid shame and isolation.

Even at this early age we learn the costs that come without confirming and we begin to build walls that greatly harm our self-esteem. We lose our insight and learn to hide our authenticity.

It’s no fault of our own, but one that we can overcome. When we know without a doubt that all of our good comes from within we can begin finding contentment for who we are. We can trust our inner voice that’s there to guide us and make our lives happier and more fulfilling.

When we’re young the world can seem like a happy place where we are free to be our authentic and truest selves. Ego is still unformed and we’re able to express how we feel and who we are.

Inevitably, societal pressures begin to accumulate, and we learn to bend to the will of others. We conform to their expectations and gradually lose our sense of who we really are and one day realize our dreams have slipped away. We begin to feel that this is life we deserve and forget to fight for ourselves. It’s the story that we see too often and one that we can learn to change and do without.

We all have the power to change and adapt through our attitude and mindset. It’s ours alone to create and control. Through self-awareness we can create a new narrative for our lives that fills us with strength and gratitude. We have the choice to see life as a magical journey where we will prosper, or we can hide and never live up to our full potential. Only we can decide how happy we can be.

Through our attitude and mindset, we can create a new narrative for our lives that fill us with strength and conviction. We have the choice to see life as a magical journey where we will prosper, or we can hide and never live up to our full potential.


Every night I tell myself before I sleep that I did my best that day and vow to do better tomorrow. It’s the rhythm that I set for my life, and it keeps me focused on what’s important and how I can contribute to society and make it greater. It's a way of life and a self-discipline that has great power. It’s a choice that we all have to make in our lives that provides rewards beyond measure.

Life is meant to be experienced with joy and it’s our intention that gives it meaning. Life is greater when we learn to trust ourselves and overcome our self-created barriers. We can learn to trust our authentic being and leave societal inhibitions in the past. As humans we are most powerful when we live in our truth without apology or hesitation. It might be hard going at first but the rewards will exceed our expectations.


As humans we are always learning and capable of change:

– To learn is to create greater opportunities and choices.

– Knowledge creates wisdom, and our actions construct our reality.

– Learning enhances our self-awareness and empathy.

– Self-motivation and discipline are the keys to success.

The more we learn the more we appreciate and feel gratitude for our lives. Educating ourselves is the path to a greater understanding of what it means to be human and the sacrifices we make to move forward with our lives. Learning takes many forms, but keep these in mind:

-          Be grateful for everything..

-          Stop complaining and just be…
-          Choose how to respond and react. This is the only form of control that we have in our lives.

-          Stop blaming and comparing ourselves to others.  We can’t create anything with our lives that’s worthwhile until we stop passing responsibility on to others.


Focus on sharing your story and creating the career you desire. Serving others is the key to our heart and desires. There will always be people out there who believe in and support you.

Awareness is the path to our redemption. When we unlock our fears through introspection we begin to live in freedom. Understand that most fear is a self-created mechanism to help us feel safe that irrationally holds us back. Fear is both the killer of dreams and our spirit. When we share our fears we are more easily able to conquer them.

Add structures and systems to gain life mastery, self-esteem, and clarity and earn the life you deserve. We get more when we try harder, and we gain more when we feel good about ourselves and our efforts. Learn to forgive yourself and learn from failures. Learn to listen and respect your inner voice. It’s always all knowing.


For every problem we encounter there's a better solution than we have yet realized. Take a moment and think about the causes and look for previously unthought of solutions. Think of life as an equation that can be solved, and the formulas will take formation.

We can always create a better life when our dreams can be created with intention. A magical life awaits us when we believe in our powers and learn to listen to our intuition. We can be whatever we set our minds to as long as we believe in ourselves and know our truths. Focus on good thoughts and turn them into reality. Life is happiest when we believe in ourselves and our right to flourish. Happy people seek other happy people. Connect with those that raise and inspire. Be grateful for the bright lights that guide our way. This is how we create the magical life that we’ve only ever dreamed about.


In order to learn to love our bodies we must start with loving ourselves. How we talk to ourselves matters and our inner dialogue is the key. Stop using self-abusive dialogue and living with unnecessary negative thoughts. It’s not easy at first but every time you catch yourself try to bring it back. Words have spirit and the words we use for ourselves are the most powerful and hard to change. Realize that we all deserve better lives. Know that all good things start from within, take a good look inside, and raise your vibration. 


I’ve always believed that one of the most empowering things any human can do is to learn to show up for our lives and be ourselves. It sounds so easy, but too often our egos keep us from finding enlightenment and we end up in a cycle of validation and self-denial. We get stuck in our own heads and care too much about what others might be thinking. We stop living our lives for ourselves and are more easily influenced by others.

Learning to show up comes in stages. Start small, listen to your mind to see how you feel and learn to take up space. Remind yourself of what you have to offer and feel confident in your powers. Smile and look for happy people. Happy people are always there to guide us to a new life. Be patient, be strong, and never forget that you’re unique and valuable.

ERIC NORTH - The Happiness Warrior

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