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When we think about happiness, we tend to think some people are naturally happy while some people aren’t and never will be. 

But this is only half the truth. According to Sonja Lyubomirsky in The How of Happiness, 40% of our happiness is up to us. We all have a baseline level of happiness, but 40% is in our control. That’s a heck of a lot of improvement available at our fingertips. 

I started thinking about my personal happiness as well as trying to see happiness from other peoples’ perspectives. I thought about the questions people ask me and the topics I find myself discussing on a regular basis. 

Each of these questions has at some point been a topic of great thought and discussion. More importantly, each of these has helped me think about the person I am and want to be as I pursue my definition of success.

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  1. Why do I do what I do?
  2. What is my life mission statement?
  3. What is one thing I can do each day to live my mission? 
  4. How am I making the world a better place?


  1. Am I fulfilled?
  2. What do I love?
  3. What makes me happy?
  4. Am I doing something on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to act on that love?
  5. Can I do more of this activity?


  1. Are my relationships where I want them to be?
  2. How can I add more value?
  3. Do I positively impact other people?
  4. Who do I care about the most? Do they know that?
  5. Am I surrounding myself with positive people?


  1. Do I have goals?
  2. Are they clearly defined?
  3. Are they challenging?
  4. Am I taking action each day to achieve them?

Do these questions resonate with you? How can you use them in your daily life? Maybe they will give you some clarity. Maybe they will help you figure out how to be a little better each day. Who knows, maybe these questions will even serve as your guide on the journey to personal happiness.

I’d love to hear what you think about these questions and how you incorporate them into your life. Was there a situation or moment that was triggered by asking yourself these questions? You can email me or leave me a note on my website.

Elevate in Action:

  1. Write down your life mission statement and hang it on your wall or sticky note it to your desk.
  2. Do one thing today that you really love to do even if it’s just for 3 minutes.



About the Author

Jake Kelfer is a lifestyle entrepreneur and life elevator. He is the bestselling author of Elevate Beyond and Elevate Your Network, a high-energy motivational speaker on a mission to inspire millions of people to achieve personal success and happiness. He is the founder of the Professional Basketball Combine which helps NBA draft prospects turn their dreams of playing pro basketball into their reality. He and his work have been featured on Forbes, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBC Sports, USA Today, Bleacher Report and many other major media outlets. You can elevate with Jake at his website or on social @jakekelfer!