How happy are you?

A 2016 Harris poll reported that only 38% of people say they are happy with their lives and 73% of people agree that work is frustrating.

Do these numbers surprise you? Can we do something about it? I believe we can.

Like most people, you want success, in life and at work, and you want to reach your potential and make an impact in the world.

Although it’s easier said than done, it is possible to live a simpler and a meaningful life.   I know because I have been overwhelmed and stressed out with work, spending time doing the wrong things, all at the expense of my health and happiness.

I realized that something had to change, and it all started with changing my mindset- my perception of what success and happiness mean to me.

Once I eliminated all distractions and nonsense and redesigned my life around my values, I found out that there is plenty of time to get the RIGHT things done and be happy.

I call it my MIT – ROT strategy.  I always think of my MIT – the most important things to be done each day with the ROT in mind – return on my time.

I am no longer too busy to exercise consistently or to have fun, as both are necessary to my well-being and happiness.

I simplified my life and learned that ultimately I am responsible for my own happiness.

I am the designer of my life. I am in control of my thoughts, decisions, and choices. Each day I reflect on my successes and failures and learn from it to make it better the next day.  I make sure each day matters.

My happiness is associated with having a purpose in life. My purpose is to empower people in every area of their lives, as I believe that regardless of background or age, they have the potential to achieve success and happiness.

I do not live my life by chance.

I live it by choice.

Success is a choice.

Happiness is a choice.

Both are connected to one’s purpose in life.

What is your life’s purpose?

Val Margarit

Author: Val Margarit

Val Margarit grew up in Romania and moved to the United States, on her own, in 1996. Despite coming from a humble background, she attained a Doctor of Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. She lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Val Margarit is a women’s empowerment advocate, an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A committed advocate for global education and women’s empowerment, Dr. Margarit gives back to world communities as a teacher, volunteer, and benefactor. She serves on The Professional Women’s Network International Advisory Board, inspires millions of students as she teaches various university classes on sociology, education leadership, and teacher preparation and serves as a dissertation and capstone adviser.
Val facilitates workshops and personal coaching on personal leadership, motivation, and success, and speaks on topics from education equality to self-development, women empowerment, and gender equality.

Val is passionate about and believes in living a holistic lifestyle caring for the mind, body, and soul. She enjoys running and completed the New York City marathon. She is also interested in other cultures and travels widely, visiting some 35 countries so far.

In the future, Val hopes that women and girls around the world will have access to education and opportunities to reach their full potential, something her mother did not have. She believes in living life by design, with purpose, integrity, and meaning. She works hard to ensure women and men achieve equal rights, but recognizing that it is something that must be worked for, she keeps a quote from Estee Lauder firmly in her head – “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

Her new book, WHY NOT YOU? How To Become an Empowered Woman is available on Amazon.

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