“For every minute that you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”
My wife came up with a philosophy a couple of years ago that she referred to as the “2 minute rule.” She had read an article about the time difference between someone who drove aggressively, breaking multiple laws to get where they were going versus someone who took their time and broke no traffic laws. The article said that there was approximately 2 minutes difference between the law abiding citizen’s arrival and the law breaker’s arrival. That two minutes of driving angry, giving up one’s joy, would put people’s lives at risk, put the driver at risk of getting multiple tickets, and still not gain a lot of ground.
Sometimes we just have to take a deep breath when people cut us off in traffic or gesture that we are number 1. We have to remember the perspective that we are in control of our own emotions. The other person can do what they want, but we don’t have to react angrily. We get to choose how we want to act and even react. It is up to us to decide how important our happiness really is. Is it worth being angry for a minute and giving up that 60 seconds of happiness? I am going to strive today to be happy for every minute of the day. I don’t want to allow my happiness to be gone in 60 seconds or even gone for 60 seconds.
Choose to keep your joy!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.