Happiness is a choice, not a result. Dodinsky said the key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept, and what to let go. This goes for both our personal and professional lives.

How do we get there?

The 3 A’s – awareness, acceptance, and appreciation – provide a framework that helps us define happiness and how to get there – in the workplace and at home.

Awareness

Ability to look inside yourself and identify the things that make you who you are, objectively and without judgement or bias. 

I’m aware that I am a big picture thinker and getting into the weeds of details is not my favorite thing to do.

Acceptance

Courage to accept what you find about yourself, and the understanding to embrace the implications for how you live your life.

I accept that I need support from those who can offer their expertise in the areas I’m not strong in, like financial analysis.

Appreciation

Gratitude for who you are in this life and the opportunity you have to live it.

I appreciate my ability to empathize with others and share in their raw emotion, however happy or painful.

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