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Becoming a Ninja of Happiness


What do ninjas and happiness have to do with personal finance? Not much actually 😉 However, if you don’t wake up in the morning with a smile on your face, I can pretty much guarantee you that you won’t be raking in the cash that day!

Money usually comes with success and success starts with happiness. I have rarely seen someone who is not happy be very successful over the long haul. Those who succeed in their sadness are just preparing for a bigger fall…

And in order to be happy, you need to be disciplined… much like a ninja! You don’t need anything special (material or otherwise) to be happy in life, you just need to wake up and tell yourself: “today is going to be a good day”. I consider myself a ninja of happiness as I almost always find a way to put a smile on my face. So here are a few lessons to become a ninja of happiness:

[2]Lesson #1: Never quit on a furious opponent

If a real ninja never quits, you shouldn’t do either. Who is your biggest opponent? The big bad SAM! Who is SAM? Sadness, Anger, Melancholy ;-). The brain creates emotional patterns and it will quickly direct your emotions towards what you are used to feeling most often. So if you are a negative person, everything in your life will gravitate towards the negative. Your brain won’t help you much if you don’t tell it to think the any other way.

If you want a few tricks to “redirect” your brain so you can think more positively, I had written an article on how to become more happy and productive at work [3]. This should help you a lot.


[4]Lesson #2: Observe and find the weakness

A ninja is patient; he can crouch and look at his opponent for a while. He will only attack once he knows where to strike. Try doing the same thing by looking at how you react, how you behave and how you see things when they happen.

At the end of the day, try to find out why you react in one way versus another while facing your daily challenges. Take note of alternative thinking and  behaviours that should help you have a better day. Avoid the anger by rehearsing the same mental picture over and over again. Find out why you feel bad and how you can change that. When I don’t feel right about something, I stop everything I do until I find out what is the root cause of my feeling. Once you have found it, it is much easier to start working on thinking differently.


[5]Lesson #3: Practice and discipline

It takes years and years of diligent training to become a ninja and a good one practices everyday. You won’t start to see how beautiful life is tomorrow morning. But you need to persevere and continue no matter what. I know that several people have written books about this but the whole point can be boiled down into one sentence: life is as beautiful as you decide it is. There is no magic, no easy solutions, you just have to see the world differently. Period.


[6]Lesson #4: A ninja helps others before helping himself

Through helping out others, you will generate positive energy around yourself and positive things will happen. People with good vibes attract good things. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the law of attraction and the Secret, I’ve heard about this… visualization and all this… Nope. I don’t say it’s going to happen overnight or that you simply have to think it’s going to happen so it happens. You need to put the effort into it. And the best way to do it is to help other people. Why? Because while you are concentrating on helping others, you don’t think about your own “misery”. Therefore, you force your brain to generate positive thoughts instead of summoning SAM 😉

Now that you know what needs to be done to become a ninja of happiness, go and train yourself!

image source: jonathanb1989 [7], darkpatator [8], anonymous9000 [9], vincent [10], D3 San Francisco [11]

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#1 Comment By Sofia On February 17, 2010 @ 9:23 am

Love it!!! Great post and nice pictures! Train hard and most of allllll: Never publicize that you are a ninja!!! You can make lots of money, but stay humble 😉

#2 Comment By Ken On February 17, 2010 @ 9:33 am

Great points…I especially like the last one about helping others…that is so important…my mom used to tellme not to forget that there are people out there who have less than us….she also modeled helping by sharing meals with elderly folks in our neighborhood…what a precious mom!
Good job.

#3 Comment By The Financial Blogger On February 17, 2010 @ 9:52 am

having kids made me realize how important is to help others. While you spend time with other people helping them, you do not only contribute to their lives but you help yourself at the same time. it is one of my favorite way to solve my own problem is to solve others. It seems that it gives my brain an additional boost to find solutions.

#4 Comment By The Rat On February 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am

I think you’re right in that every day is a new day and one’s general attitude to work and life and general has to be positive. When we look around the globe and see all the war torn countries, natural disasters, poverty, etc, we should thank our lucky stars with what we have. Nice ninja theme!

#5 Comment By Jacqueline Johns – Your Happy Life Mentor On February 17, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

Great post!

Particularly liked point number 3.

Happiness is a choice we make every second of every day.

I am The Happiest Person I Know because I choose to be. And yet my life is far, far from perfect.

Live Life Happy!

#6 Comment By Mama Zen On February 17, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

Well said 🙂 sometimes you face bad situations and dealing with SAM is hard, but it is worth the effort. Sometimes you help others when they face challenges, and sometimes others will help you make your journey. If you never help others and always complain, who will be willing to help you?

#7 Comment By The Financial Blogger On February 18, 2010 @ 5:33 am

@Mama Zen,
I actually know someone who is always complaining and that is less likely to help (according to himself, he really would like to help, but he can’t for soooo many reasons). Well guess what? He doesn’t get much help either!

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