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One of my mentors is Jeff Olson, the author of “The Slight Edge” and founder and CEO of multiple companies.

Oprah Winfrey affectionately gave him the title “Millionaire Maker” for helping hundreds of people become millionaires. He is also the publisher of Happiness Magazine

He said, “Happier people are healthier, more productive and more innovative. They develop more resilient personalities and handle adversity better than their negative counterparts.”

“In the late 1990s, a Philadelphia psychologist named Martin Seligman asked the question: ‘What if happiness is more than simply the absence of sadness?’”

“For years, psychology had been treating patients by helping them move out of sadness. But that’s where the therapy stopped. When Seligman started asking questions about the nature of happiness and the relation of happiness to success, research on positive psychology exploded.”

“Many people live with the assumption that if they become successful, then they’ll be happy. But here’s the secret: Happiness is the precursor to success in all areas of life and is easily accessible to everyone. We create happiness by doing a few simple things—every day.”

“By integrating and reinforcing these basic practices to foster a culture of happiness, you’ll see transformative results.”

He went on to tell me five things that bring happiness into our lives.

1) Develop core values and a mission, and live them.

Invest the time to develop realistic core values that promote happiness and incorporate them into every facet of your business.

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2) Be real.

Studies show that making meaningful social connections fosters happiness. Even cursory social interactions each day can improve employees’ positive outlooks. Make a commitment to publish/post only positive and happy moments and thoughts on Facebook and other social media sites.

3) Pursue constant development of self.

I encourage you to foster an environment of self-development by providing a library of personal development resources free to your employees as a way to empower them. This includes online resources as well as giving away books about being a better person, developing positive attitudes, improving parenting and financial skills, and living a healthier life.

4) Pay it forward and give back.

I believe that the best leaders are givers, not takers. We should help each other and provide selfless service by spreading positive messages throughout the world. Find ways to contribute time and money to causes that bring positive change.

5) Embrace and drive change.

It’s important to stay one step ahead and continually seek new ways to grow, evolve and improve. If we get to help others learn something along the way, too, even better.

No matter how unhappy we become, burying ourselves in service brings happiness. That happiness will lead to success in all your relationships and in your business.

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Randy Martinsen is the president/CEO of BudgetWorks Inc, a marketing and business consulting firm, and brand partner for Nerium International. He can be reached at

707-206-6443 or randym@budgetworks.net.

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