Do what makes you happy. Part 9

Doing more. 

Doing more of what makes you happy is easy. But is it sustainable and beneficial to you? Drugs and alcohol can make you happy for a short time. This type of happiness is not recommended as it is not happiness. It is a chemically induced state. Not that one should not drink and party but care needs to be taken. 

General happiness lies within you. Only you can be happy but you may need help. You may need the positive reinforcement I mentioned before. Taking small steps to better yourself is the way to go. Doing one push-up or a burpee and then doing two is 100 percent improvement. Doing two laps around the block versus the one is a giant step forward. Do not be afraid. 

Be your own cheerleader. 

Why do we all need affirmation from others? Why do we seek out praise from friends and family? We want our accomplishments to be noticed. We want to be seen and seen positively by others. In reality, we are pretty much all the same. 

When I lived in a subdivision I always shovelled my neighbour’s section of the sidewalk that was to the left of my house. I didn’t do it for praise I did it because it sort of looked like it belonged to my house. I did the same for the grass. The plot between our houses and the front section of their lawn was always mowed.  

No one paid me or told me to do it. I liked how it looked and I am sure they appreciated it. I did it for me and my house. But it made me feel good. At Christmas time I had a knock on the door and she brought over some goodies in appreciation.   

It felt great to be positively reinforced by my gestures and the interesting part was that we had sold our house. My neighbour felt the need to thank me before we moved away. I acted selfishly in one way. I wanted the property to look good. I did it for myself and got rewarded in the end.  

My old, old neighbour. 

When our family first moved to Toronto in 1979 we had a retired neighbour who was from Ireland. He and his wife had lived in the area for decades. They were very curious as to who was moving in next door. We didn’t speak English so it took us a while to get to know each other.  

This couple was always so nice to us and always so helpful. They taught us the ropes so to speak about the neighbourhood and always looked out for us.  

One time when we locked ourselves out of the house as kids they invited us in and gave us hot chocolate. We waited for our parents to come home. There was no reward for them, there was no prize, they did it because they were nice people.  

They gave us their old television because they got a new one. They were simply nice people. Maybe I can claim that their ways of being neighbourly rubbed off on me? I don’t know, but I am sure I learned something from them way back then. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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