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How to Stay on Top in the World of Happiness

Finding Happiness
Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

Ever feel like everybody around you seems happier than you could ever imagine? It seems as if they are all on top in the world of happiness? Guess what? You CAN get there too.

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Ever feel like everybody around you seems happier than you could ever imagine? It seems as if they are all on top in the world of happiness? Guess what? You CAN get there too.


The term happiness is a word highly searched on the Internet, and of course written, discussed, and pondered about often. Achieving happiness is the ultimate level of success; at least I think it should be. I also think it’s safe to say that some feel money is a high-ranking factor that contributes to success; although money can be the root of all evil. I don’t associate money to success. I do love money and would take a little more if you offered it, but it’s not part of my definition of success and happiness.

Finding Happiness

How do you stay on top in the world of happiness?

Achieving happiness is just like any other skill to master. First you need to recognize when you are happy and hone into that feeling in that very moment. Who are you with? What are you doing? What is the conversation about? And, what about that moment is creating happiness for you?

I know from experience, life is an emotional roller coaster. I’m not entirely happy all the damn time! Let’s be realistic people. I’m talking about if overall you are a happy person, not every single moment of your life. There are times to feel sad, angry, stressed, but the key is to not give them so much power. Feel the emotions and set them free.

I’m such an extravert and all my friends know that. I share all my dirty laundry, but that is my way of setting it free. I have to discuss my challenges to embrace them and then take action. Be in control— CHOOSE to be in control of your emotions and path to find happiness each and every day.

Another big step in achieving happiness is to stop comparing yourself, your life, and your Facebook status updates to anybody else. The less comparing you do, the more happiness will start to show up in your life.

According to a study a year ago, the biggest personal factor of happiness is health. No surprise to me because I know how good I feel after I work out. Now if I could only have the discipline to do it every single day like all those other type A’s. Those who are healthier are about 20 percent happier than the average! That’s a big number.

Let’s keep these thoughts in mind when working on staying on top in the world of happiness.

1. Happiness is like training, you need to work and massage it often.
2. Pay attention to when you do feel and experience happiness. Capture that moment, take notes and build on that. Create more of those moments in your life.
3. Discover how you best release and let go of all the unwanted feelings like sadness, anger, or being overwhelmed.
4. Don’t compare your emotions, your world, and your happiness to anybody else.
5. Work on your overall health. That means mentally and physically—mind, body, and soul.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women and helping them get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and of course you to get all A’s.

What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?

I’ve accepted that happiness is what I decide it to be for me! There is not one person who’s happiness is greater than mine, because all of our happiness is as unique to us as our fingerprints.

What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?

I appreciate my internal growth over the years and I appreciate my journey in life so far…

What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?

Self-acceptance, I’ve beaten the constant battle of putting myself down in the mirror. I’m happy with my mind, body, and soul.  I will forever nurture all three!

What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?

I cry more often now that I am more open, but this “imperfection to me” allows me to be free, let go of emotions, and grow.

How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I Love My…smile, my husband and our happiness

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About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 34 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 30-50+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA Identity Magazine, having no business background and at the age of 25.

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