Three Types of Happiness


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There are 3 opposing types of happiness that different types of individuals embrace:

  1. Immediate Happiness
  2. Past Happiness and
  3. Future Happiness

Immediate Happiness

This type of happiness is fleeting. It comes and goes. Most people focus only on pursuing Immediate Happiness. They engage in activities or purchases that give them instant gratification. The problem with focusing only on Immediate Happiness, is that, once it is gone, you are, once again, unhappy. Those who pursue Immediate Happiness as an end to itself, live only for today. There is no tomorrow, there is only today. When tomorrow does come, they find themselves, once again, sad and unfulfilled.

Past Happiness

This is the type of happiness that infects millions. These individuals are constantly looking back on the happiness of yesterday. They make a habit of reminiscing about past happiness events. These individuals are perpetually depressed. They live in a world in which they believe their best days are behind them.

Future Happiness

This is a type of long-term happiness that comes from investing in your future. Those who are the happiest in life, build a future that pays dividends for many years. Creating Future Happiness takes time and effort. It requires making sacrifices today that often require deferring or putting off Immediate Happiness in order for you to create a foundation for long-term happiness to down the road.

Those who are not focused on building their Future Happiness, default into Current and Past Happiness. Relying on these two types of happiness will always leave you feeling unfulfilled. The key to long-term happiness is building your Future Happiness today. When you do, you escape the temptation of pursuing Current Happiness and create a fire wall against the quicksand that is Past Happiness. Both lose their hold over you when you focus on building long-term happiness by focusing on creating a future ideal life. 

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit,, India TV, Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms in New Jersey.
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