There are many pathways to happiness and there are many doors to choose, but no matter which direction you go a decision must be made.
For the past couple days snow has been accumulating in my town. Instead of staying inside we decided to mountain bike in the forest. Out of the 65,000 people that live in my city, we were the only ones mountain biking down the trail. Many were outside sledding, and some were making snowmen, and even fewer were walking up the snowy mountain trails. But we were the only two mountain biking, fighting the cold, and fighting gravity as well.
The secret to becoming rich is very simple. Rich people simply live their lives adhering to an exponential equation. e^x. You may be dirt poor right now, but you could become very wealthy very soon. You may argue that it isn't logical because of your limited income, and if you believe this, then it is so. But the truth is, most people never break out due to the coefficient of friction. The drag that is holding you back. One may think you are competing against outside forces, but you are not. The only force you struggle against is yourself. Your own mode of thinking.
Don't underestimate the power of a big smile. I have been reading "The Magic of Thinking Big" by Dr. David Schwartz and this book has reminded me of several simple "motions" that I was taught as a child. The idea behind the concept "motions make emotions" is obvious in thought, but often less obvious in quickness of your current situation. The idea is to force a physical motion and in response you receive a positive emotional response. In this situation it is to smile at every single person you come in contact with, even if you don't feel like smiling. It's a discipline. Smiling is a powerful way to communicate security and warmth in another person and also in yourself.