• Written by Eric North aka “The Happiness Warrior”

As the Happiness Warrior, I define happiness as the joyful alignment of our authentic selves with our core values. Happiness is the embodiment and expression of our authenticity in our daily life and actions. Truth, intention, and empathy are the self-provided tools we all have within us to give us happier lives that we deserve.

When we give ourselves permission to live truthfully, we can finally know what happiness really feels like. Happiness is something that’s embedded in the subconsciousness of all humans. It’s what gives us our humanity, yet so many of us struggle to be happy and live our lives in difficult circumstances. We can feel stuck, and our personal happiness can be hard to find or believe in. We might even feel ashamed into feeling guilty that we’re too happy!


Almost two hundred and fifty years ago the United States Declaration of Independence stated that all men are created equal and that all of us have certain unalienable rights including Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. These principles are for all of us to enjoy as a rightful privilege and we’ve fought and sacrificed to live by these words. As our founders believed, happiness is for everyone, not just a few. Happiness is more than just a feeling but a “basic human right” for all to experience in unashamed exuberance and joy.

In a world where chaos and confusion are our normality, happiness is something that can feel out of touch with our perception and reality. Each day we go about our lives trying to survive while subconsciously processing the insidious voices that seek to divide and disunite us. We’re programmed to live in fear, envy, and despair. Hurtful words of otherness and prejudice are all too commonplace and very hurtful. These distractions are purposely intensified to gain control of our thoughts and actions.

It might seem like it sounds too hard, but we can choose the attitude we need to be happy and create our new reality. We can believe that we deserve to be happy and take steps to ensure it happens. We touch the dormant happiness that lies within us. We need to reach an understanding that discrimination and hate are vicious distractions that divert us from our truth and keep us from finding true happiness. It’s a fight that we can win. We can reinvent ourselves in a happier paradigm when we connect with the inner peace that comes from within. We can be connected to the positive energy of the universe.

In this upside-down world of ours there are also many happy people living happy lives. They may go unnoticed, but they are always there to help. We may display resentment while secretly admiring them. They try to make others feel welcome and heard. They step up and help when needed and they make an impact on everyone else’s lives. There are no secrets to happiness but there are specific things that happy people do every day in their lives:

1.       They care about their health.

2.       They have healthy friendships that enhance their lives.

3.       They have morning routines.

4.       They are grateful every day and always seek to be better.

5.       They practice mindfulness and know that the attitude they take in life is theirs alone to choose.

6.       They understand that the process of healing is continuous.

7.       They have given themselves permission to be happy and share their joy.

I’ve always said that good guys are smarter and will always win. There’s the law of karma and cosmic balance and the vast energy of the universe. We can develop a warrior’s mindset and stand by our words and actions. We can live in a mindset for happiness and be the leaders and change makers that are so badly needed.


I’ve had a lifelong commitment to the health and care of my body and believe in the power of healing and renewal. When we take better care of ourselves there’s an exponential benefit to our sense of our inner peace, our ability to create more happiness, and the foundation for a more fulfilling life. All of us have different abilities and activities that we are physically able to do. But we can focus on what we ourselves can do and not fall into the unhappiness cycle of comparing ourselves with others. Healthy food, grooming, exposure to sunlight, and a mindset to prioritize sleep are things that all of us can do.

When we feel good, we are able to do anything. Everything will fall into place, and we can weather any storm. We can face any obstacle with a feeling of strength, capability, and inner wisdom.


The goal in life isn’t to know a ton of people and create a false sense of popularity and acclaim. The real goal is to develop deep friendships and relationships with people who are willing to shout our name in a crowded room. Who cares about our happiness and outcomes and feels that something’s missing when we aren’t there. True friends celebrate your successes and happiness. They want you to achieve the important things in life and they want you to be content and at peace.

As easy as this sounds it’s also one of the hardest to live by. Only when we’re able to set boundaries and let people know that they’ve let us down are we able to rise and live in more happiness. Too often in this world we settle for less and our lives suffer and become stagnant. We can combat this by learning to live in our truth without any need for external validation or approval. Knowing when it’s time to forgive, let go, and move on is one of the most important stages in anyone’s life.  In these times when so many of the safeguards of politeness have worn away people show us who they are over and over again.


There’s nothing more life-affirming than caring about our well-being and creating a healthy morning routine. Mornings are a time for affirmations, healthy rituals, exercise, breathing, and meditation. It’s usually the quietest time of day and the most reflective. Routines are essential for aligning our purpose and intention with core values. This is the foundation for a happy life with more self-awareness and gratitude. A healthy routine is a healthy life!


No likes complainers and self-focused individuals. They are never demonstrably happy and are always dumping their self-created pain and misery on others and only thinking about themselves. They are the opposite of happy and fail to appreciate the good in their lives. They surround themselves with others like they go to great lengths to drag us into their dysfunction.

There’s another path and one that’s so easy and life-affirming. When we begin to realize our blessings, we can see how life is on the other side. It’s cumulative and gives us hope and raises our self-esteem. In the face of darkness, we can be the light that binds us with others. As a community of like-minded humans, we can be the force that drives the darkness out!


Nothing is more powerful than giving ourselves permission to be happy. Through a happier mindset we can think for ourselves and live in freedom of expression of mind. A mindset that needs no external validation and rests easy within ourselves.

I believe that happiness is less elusive than it seems. It’s just a change in attitude and mindset. Happiness that comes from within is our authentic being that we share with others. It’s a feeling that life can take on more meaning and is based solely on how we feel about ourselves.

I don’t believe that happiness is a choice as much as an attitude and mindset. Without a doubt, the easiest way to start living a happier life is to give ourselves permission to be happy. No one else can do that for us. It’s a sole responsibility and one that can change the direction of our lives. Bad things can happen to good people and good things can happen to bad people. Happy people know that a fulfilling life is balanced and that obstacles are points to learn and grow from.

Remember, just because we thought or did something wrong in the past doesn’t mean we can’t be against it now. It means we grew and became more thoughtful.


A mindful perspective is a valuable gift that helps us find peace and acceptance for others. We never know what someone else is thinking about or what they’ve been through. Think before acting in judgment and be slow to cast doubt and shame.

In these very divisive socio-economic and political times, it’s easy to get lost in incorrect information, loose facts, and self-destruction. Most often the people with the loudest voices and most strident opinions are insecure and unsure of themselves. They are spreading damage without realizing the damage they are doing to themselves. Conspiracy theories are the gateway to mental illness, alienation, and low self-esteem.

We can rise above when we can live in our own truth and authenticity. Facts before feelings. Our intuition is always guiding us no matter how hard we try to suppress it. Our inner voice is all we need to know and one that we can always trust. It’s our spirit telling us what’s right and wrong. We will always fail when we ignore it.


Healing is a journey through one’s existence. Our life journey is full of chapters and stories with many challenges and obstacles. Embrace forgiveness, release, and breathe. Love yourself now and stop waiting for something in life to happen before we are forgotten. Be open to change and renewal, it’s the way forward in a world that’s uncertain.


It’s a proven fact that happy people like to share their happiness. This is how happy people leave good memories and are welcoming and open with others. It’s how we learn to trust and how we create a world where the greater good is the outcome. It’s the opposite of selfishness. It’s how we make the course of our lives a magical journey. If we think of a time when we were happiest it’s almost always found in the joy of connection and memories of others.

As the Happiness Warrior, I believe that all people are equal and that no one is inherently better than anyone else. As the old saying goes "We are born with nothing and leave this world the same”. We are all related to some degree with the same long-ago origins and ancestors. There’s common sense and there’s the common good, both are much the same. There’s one good side and one bad side and too many are stuck in limbo in between. We’re humans and we’re all made of the same stuff.  We can all be much happier in good times and bad when we listen to the power of our inner voice and know that happiness comes from within. There are so many ways to explore and define happiness. Life can be a magical journey beyond expectation. It’s never too late to change our ways and help others. Each step grows and we gain more clarity. Happiness is life without any boundaries!

ERIC NORTH - The Happiness Warrior

How to raise self-esteem right now

As The Happiness Warrior, my primary mission and purpose is to demonstrate the importance of happiness and how it impacts our sense of self-esteem. As humans we all have a right to be happy in our own lives and live in our truth. We can l...

How to set boundaries and live our best life

There’s no better feeling in life than when we can honestly say that in this moment, in the now, we feel content and fulfilled with our lives. It's a state of being where we’re in balance with our needs and desires. Where our purpose and core value...

How to make a better ripple

I’ve always believed that all humans are connected in the present, in the now, and all through the history of time. No matter where we find ourselves at this moment anywhere on earth, each action we take makes a difference in someone else’s life. Eve...

I am the answer

As The Happiness Warrior, I tend to gravitate towards people and places with a happier positive vibe. It’s often intentional and always purposeful. Happy people always welcome other happy people into their worlds and share their connection. They are ...

Stop the block

How many times in our lives have we felt stuck, blocked, and frustrated with our situations and ourselves? It’s a common feeling that all humans share at some time or another much to our regret and unhappiness. As The Happiness Warrior, I believe tha...

Unravelling loneliness

We all go through periods in our lives when we can feel unwanted, friendless, detached, and rejected. It might feel devastating and make us want to retreat and hide even further. If we’re lucky it can provide us a glimpse of self-awareness and hone...

Soul healing

I’ve always had a mindset for gathering facts, figures, and data. From the moment I could talk I only had questions. Reading came to me naturally, and I loved to learn the secrets of the world and the history of lives before us. Other kids often bore...

Empowerment for everyone

As The Happiness Warrior, I’ve always believed that all humans deserve to be happy, heard, and seen. It may seem impossible for some of us to feel this way and we might feel forsaken and shunned. Life is how we tell our story and not what others thin...

Enlightenment for the rest of us

As The Happiness Warrior, I believe that knowledge is power and gives our lives more meaning. Not everything important is found in books, but I set aside time daily to read and enhance my mind with new thoughts and ideas. I may not take everything to...

Awakening for beginners

It’s easy to feel like we’re lost in a shuffle where our feelings don’t matter and everything we once knew no longer applies. It can feel like time and customs are passing us by. What once looked unalterable is no longer there. Like it or not the w...

How to have the best life without trying too hard

Most of us humans are born with a nature that inspires us to be our best and create the world that we desire. It may have been trampled and carelessly discarded by the vagaries of life. But it lives on in the recesses of our consciousness by the tr...

The happy life blueprint

There was a time in my life when I was very unhappy and felt adrift. For nearly a decade I found myself feeling trapped and alone in an abusive relationship. There were times when we were good together, but I never knew which way the wind would blo...

How to be happy when your world seems upside down

As the Happiness Warrior, I define happiness as the joyful alignment of our authentic selves with our core values. Happiness is the embodiment and expression of our authenticity in our daily life and actions. Truth, intention, and empathy are the s...

Patience is power

I’ve always been very fast moving, fast talking, and quick to process new surroundings and situations. I moved forward in a hurry to escape the boundaries of my conservative upbring. I envisioned a great life that lay ahead which seemed so far away. ...

Avoid the avoidance trap

As hard as we might try to avoid the hard things in life it’s inevitable that they will someday catch up with us. The longer we avoid them the larger they become. In just the blink of an eye we can turn a slightly annoying or daily life task into a b...

A pride perspective

It’s that time of year, the month-long celebration of pride and the festivities and parades that go with it. Like it or not, it’s out there. It’s sometimes loud, unapologetic, and hard to miss. It can be personal and something that doesn’t need to be...

Self acceptance is happiness

Life is often hard for all of us. We face obstacles, sometimes we stumble, but we each have the ability to determine our attitude and mindset. No matter what we face on the journey ahead, we can learn to take ourselves in a new direction. We can ch...

Look in the mirror and like what you see

I grew up in the South at a time when it was frowned upon to be authentic and free of spirit. Being different or extraordinary was not something that was welcomed or celebrated. Stepping across the “line” was a calculated risk. It was a very hard t...

Metropolitan Business News

Maximizing Business Potential: The Philippines As A Leading Destination For Contact Centre Outsourcing

The outsourcing of contact centre requirements has become an integral part of business strategies aimed at improving efficiency, enhancing customer service, and driving growth. In the realm of out...

How can you mine and trade Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that acts as a form of payment and is not controlled by one person like fiat money. Hence it is not controlled by a third party in financial transactions. It is paid ...

Advanced Placement Strategies for Caution Wet Floor Signs in High-Traffic Areas

A caution wet floor sign is no ordinary warning device. It serves the vital purpose of notifying individuals about treacherous and slippery conditions in an area. Its presence acts as a proactive meas...

5 Futuristic Businesses of 2023: Exploring Latest Business Trends

In today’s world, success is not measured solely by profit margins but also by the positive impact made on the world. Now, we get to experience a world where the future meets the present and creat...

Data discovery: why your business needs it for compliance

Every company has to protect their information against unwanted breaches. But organisational information expands at a daily rate, and so it becomes even more important to track the data. Organisat...

9 good reasons to start your investment journey

Are you doing the right thing by starting your investment journey? Whether you're an experienced investor or a beginner, there are many benefits to investing. Here are 9 great reasons why you shou...