Happiness is great. Man, I love it when I’m happy. (My wife and kids like it when I’m happy too!) Psychologically, you could easily say that being happy is my favorite place to be. I’m certainly not alone here. Lots of very wise folks throughout history, such as Aristotle and Augustine have said that happiness is the ultimate goal we all share. Today, I’d like for us to explore three interesting clues that I believe will directly shape the level of happiness you enjoy.

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Candidly, every leader I work with struggles with the stress and strain of leadership. The demands of leadership weigh on us day after day. Over time it can take a real toll on our souls and outlooks. Through the grace of God showing up through my wife one weekend, I was stunned by the power of three ways to reduce stress and regain perspective.

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Imagine being asked write about the most famous person in the history of the world. A man who was so incredible that every year over 1,500 books a year are written about him, according to Phillip Yancey. That is surreal. Yet, he is so well known, we can think we know him when we really don’t know him that well.

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What would it be like to be one of the top athletic coaches, like of all time? I mean, it must feel incredible to win championship after championship on some of the biggest stages. I have to admit, I am definitely intrigued by those coaches who consistently win over time, and are known for integrity and caring about their players. That brings up a really good set of questions: Who are some of the greatest coaches? What are they like? How might we see the character of God in them? And, how might you be called to adopt these qualities into your own life and leadership?

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