Amanda Johnson

Love the life you have and have the life you want

Happiness is in the mind

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A great post on something that resonates deeply with me and with the purpose of living a present driven life. We are most certainly in control of whether or not to be at peace and whether or not to listen to the incessant thinking in our minds. Read Karen’s blog for that much-needed reminder and inspiration.

Karen Wilson_ Awaken



The thoughts that cross your mind will either make you happy or not. It is not your life or what`s happening in it which makes you happy, but your perception of it. This is the half full/ half empty cup which we talked earlier. If you think negative thoughts, you will not feel good and vice versa. Now you know that you can control your mind. So you understand that you are solely responsible for the quality of your life and your state of happiness. There is nothing wrong in being delighted in dramas, fears and worries if it is a conscious choice, and if somehow that makes you happy. But if it is true happiness that you are after, peace and bliss, then only you can provide it for yourself. No one else can do it for you. No outside circumstances will bring it…

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Author: Presence Matters

Amanda Johnson has one mission: to help people turn their critic into their ally so they can love the life they have and have the life they want. She does this through her work as a writer and presence coach. After years of struggling with depression, motivation and finding any purpose, Amanda made a choice to transform her experience of life. She realized that when she resisted, judged or attached to “what is” she suffered and that this is true for all of us. From this place, the idea to help others cultivate ease and joy through “Presence Matters" was born. Amanda is a seasoned professional with more than 10 years’ experience performing, educating, facilitating and consulting for Fortune 500 companies with the personal mission to reach and change lives for the better. Her passion for helping others—be it a 2nd-grader or a CEO—and her ability to connect with and inspire those she meets are unleashed by her wit, charm, and eloquence, making her message resonate deeply with her audience. For more information and to work with her, visit

One thought on “Happiness is in the mind

  1. I definitely agree that how we choose to perceive the world, what we focus on, has a dramatic impact on how we feel about ourselves in the world. I had a conversation with Dr. Fredrickson, author of Positivity, a few weeks ago. She re-affirmed the prescription she laid out there: a 3 to 1 positive to negative ration is what is needed to flourish. We actually receive more positive messages than we realize sometimes. However, because positive emotions are so fragile and negative ones so strong, we sustain at 2 to 1, languish at 1 to 1, and spiral down at anything lower.


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