Happiness Quotient…part 2

As much as I’d like to have someone to blame, I simply do not.  I said in my last post that “tomorrow” we’d look at the HQ some more and lo and behold, 2 days have passed since.

What’s Your HQ?

Wouldn’t it be great if a prospective employer asked that??  It would be really cool!

Last time I invited you to examine yourself and find your HQ, or Happiness Quotient.  I did this, not so you would begin to judge yourself or think poorly of your number, but so that you can know where you are starting.


Life is a journey.  We go from place to place, activity to activity, person to person and so on.  We grow and change and move toward becoming the fullness of ourselves.

If you go to  google maps and click “Get Directions” and only enter a destination, you will likely get something like this:

Enter location or right-click on map

You cannot possibly find out how to get TO somewhere if you don’t know where you are starting FROM.

Compassionate Evaluation

My success coach, Wendy Hart, calls this step “compassionate evaluation.”  Compassionate because it’s not intended to be a place where you get mired down, beating yourself up.  Evaluation because it’s just that…a look at where you are.

Now that you know where you are, you can find out how to get where you’d like to go!

Once you’ve discovered a rough idea of your current HQ, you can choose whether or not you are okay with that or whether you’d like to take it up (or down) a notch.   (In my point of view, there’s no such thing as “too happy” but if in your point of view, maybe you are and you’d like to dial down the happy a bit, go for it.)

How do I increase my HQ?

It seems flippant and maybe like a cop-out answer, but the answer is this:

In order to increase your HQ, you just have to choose it.

Told you it would seem like a cop-out.  But it really is ALL about choosing.  You can choose to let things get you down, or you can choose to laugh in the face of adversity.  It’s just a choice.

Next time…

Notice, I did NOT say “tomorrow” this time.  Next time, we’ll look at choices and what our choices create.

Much Gratitude,


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