Five steps to happiness

Richard Branson

My good friend Ray Chambers has just taken over the challenge of meeting the United Nations health goals as the UN Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for Malaria.

If anyone can pull off beating this terrible disease it will be him. Ray is the Founder of Malaria No More and has dedicated most of his life to helping at-risk youth through groups such as the Alliance for Youth, the National Mentoring Partnership and the Millennium Promise Alliance. He also did sterling work with Virgin Unite, helping us incubate The Elders, who tackle conflict resolution around the world.

The high school scholarships that Ray gave at-risk youth continue to have an impact today. One inner city Newark child to receive such a scholarship had been raised by a single mother until she was brutally murdered but with Rays help, Shavar Jeffries earned a top law degree. He chose to make a difference in other people's lives by moving back to Newark and helping to reduce the state's prison recidivism rate. He also improved the quality of Newark schools (by introducing KIPP schools) and is now running for Newark mayor. I met Shavar, and hes a remarkable person. So not only is Ray a remarkable person, he breeds them too!

Friends who know Ray call him The Capitalist Buddha. He lives by his own five steps to happiness:

  1. Living in the moment.
  2. Being a spectator to your own thoughts especially when you become emotional.
  3. Better to be loving than right.
  4. Grateful for at least one thing every day.
  5. To help others every chance you get.

What steps to happiness do you live by?

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