KISS Today With Happiness

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Have you ever wondered which is more important---Happiness or Success? As you read this blog post, I challenge you to ponder both topics and decide for yourself.

Happiness is often associated with strong emotions of peace and contentment wrapped in a big smile.

Success is usually associated with a ton of hard work, frustration and finally a big reward of happiness---when you succeed. But what if you don’t succeed. Should you be unhappy?

You’ve probably heard of the KISS principle---"Keep It Simple Stupid.” KISS is often associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson who helped design the U-2 and SR-71 aircraft. The U.S. Navy promoted by the idea further in the 1960s. Less offensive versions have changed the word “stupid” to “simple” or “silly.”

 Anyway, the real secret of happiness (and success) is to KISS or “Keep It Simple Stupid.” Just for fun reverse that to mean it’s “stupid” to not “keep it simple!”

 Think about the goals we set and the steps or milestones we take to achieve those goals.  Using KISS, we plan our goal with many small milestones and enjoy the happiness of completing (successfully) each small step. Plus each milestone you achieve is creating a better, stronger YOU.

 Are you smiling and congratulating yourself for each step of the way?  If not, you’re missing out on a ton of happiness.


If we apply the KISS advice for success and happiness, we can enjoy them both. We simply learn to enjoy the happiness of the journey while successfully completing each milestone towards a goal.

You may enjoy taking a short happiness quiz developed at Oxford University. Be sure and “be happy” when you take it! Click Here.

Good luck in learning to KISS everything you do as you create an improved YOU---and enjoy the happiness allow the way.

Have a great day.

-Gary Dansie


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gary Dansie, MEd / MBA, is the founder and Executive Director of TLCpo/RecoveryTLC. He was a pioneer in the development of web software during the 1990’s and in 2010 created one of the first in-home addiction treatment programs using video conference that was accredited by The Joint Commission.