Why the World Stinks

“If I know everything about your external world, I can only predict 10% of your long-term happiness.” Shawn Achor

Why the world stinks:

Spending time with grandchildren is life’s great compensation.

A couple weeks ago my wife spent a few days with our grandchildren in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They have a new dog. It’s a curly haired, medium sized, bundle of puppy-energy.

Mimi, that’s what they call her, noticed that the dog smelled bad. This dog needs a bath. Bad.

She settled in the the living room. It reeked of dog. She went in the kitchen, it stank. The whole house smelled like dog crap. Then she looked down.

She had stepped in dog crap.

If the world stinks, it’s you.

“90% of your long-term happiness is predicted, not by your external world, but by the way your brain processes the world.“ Shawn Achor, author of, The Happiness Advantage

Does your…

  1. Job stink?
  2. Boss stink?
  3. Team stink?

You are the problem – if the world stinks everywhere you go.


The world changes when YOU practice humility.

  1. If you are the problem, YOU are the solution. Spend more time working on yourself than fixing others.
  2. Lower your need for others to make you happy.
  3. Look at the world through the lens of others.
  4. Stop acting like you’re the center of the universe. You’re just a blip.
  5. Realize that others can’t humble you. You humble yourself.
  6. Show up to serve, more than to be served.
  7. Say thank you to three people before lunch – everyday for the rest of your life. Look them in the eye and be specific. (If no one is around, send a thank you email or make a thank you call.)

What’s your suggested course of action when everything around you stinks?