A Helluva Start


“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” Lucille Ball

Do you know what makes you happy? Or are you more familiar with what makes you unhappy rather than happy? Do you even know what “happy” means? What it feels like, or sounds like, or looks like?

There was a time that I didn’t. A therapist asked me whether I was happy, and I literally drew a blank. I had no idea how to answer the question. In fact, I had no frame of reference whatsoever for “happiness.” And, at the time, I didn’t realize that we are supposed to feel happy or that it’s okay to be happy.

If we start to look around, we might see that our lives are often filled with small, day-to-day occurrences that can make us happy. But most of us don’t recognize that. Instead, we focus on the negative.

But when the going gets tough, the tough – do what? What do you do that always brings a smile to your face no matter what?

There are countless sources of information that can help you figure out what makes you happy. But the FIRST step is in recognizing that you DON’T recognize what makes you happy.

So, get your helluva start right now!


(And by the way, you might start by watching some of Lucille Ball’s now iconic comedy routines (think the chocolate conveyor belt or the “Vitameatavegamin” routine.)

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