Deadlines, piles of bills, appointments… There’s stress on everyone in today’s world.

Years ago, I worked at a company that didn’t use the term “deadline” for our tasks. They called it the “Drop Dead Date.”

Drop Dead Date. We don’t care if you have to work yourself to a nub. Get it done. We don’t care if you have a heart attack in your cubicle. Get it done. We don’t care if your wife is in labor, your house is on fire, and your money was embezzled. Get it done.

I’ve heard it said that people need anger management training or that they need a life coach.

I think what we need is Happiness 101. Not just learning how to deal with things so they don’t stress you out and make you ill over time. How do you get from I Don’t Know How to This Makes Sense Now?

Do you think you can’t be happy if a bill is overdue? Or if there’s a big family problem that no one seems to know how to solve?

There are some basic things every human needs to be happy. A sense of purpose is key.

A sense of community. A sense of smell. Sorry. Just threw that in to see if you were paying attention! Points for you – you are.

A sense of self.

So who are you? Why are you here? Who are the people in your life who just “get you”?

Find a project that gives your life some juice. Find the people who see the world the way you do. Find yourself by loving who you are, right where you are.

I think all of these things fall into place when you find God. There is a peace that passes understanding. No matter how fierce the storm, with faith you can make it through.