Montel Williams Shares His Happiness Philosophy: What’s Yours? [VIDEO] #MindBodySoul

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Happiness Philosophy Montel Williams #MindBodySoul

I stumbled across this vintage video on YouTube of  acclaimed talk show host, speaker, author, actor, and philanthropist Montel Williams during an interview on CBS’ ‘The Early Show’ to promote his book, “Living Well Emotionally: Break Through to a Life of Happiness.” In the interview, Williams opens up about his battle with depression after his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 1999, and how his quest to learn ways to properly deal with depression transcended into something greater: the understanding of the foundations of authentic happiness.

Happiness Philosophy Montel Williams #MindBodySoul

According to Williams, real happiness is not defined by or even built on lifestyle but rather the thoughts and emotions that are within—thoughts and emotions that we hold a much greater control over than we think.

Happiness Philosophy Montel Williams #MindBodySoul

Take a look as he shares his happiness philosophy:


I totally agree with what Mr. Williams shares here. Not saying that hard times won’t come and people should not be phased by them, but one has to be very careful not to subconsciously turn such circumstances and associated emotions into badges of honor. One also must remember that just like I stated in this week’s Music Monday post, the power to feel better emotionally always lies within. In other words, no matter what’s going on, everyone always has the choice to be happy.

Happiness Philosophy Montel Williams #MindBodySoul

Just look at the most recent example:  13 year-old YouTube makeup star Talia Castellano. Even up to her last day in this world, she chose to be happy and positive—and to share her positivity with the rest of the world. Her outlook on life as she endured cancer inspired millions of people from all walks of life. She demonstrated by her life the truth of Montel’s words: how each person really does own the definition of not only who they are, but also how they will perceive their lives.

 Happiness Philosophy Montel Williams #MindBodySoul

So over to you: what are your thoughts on Montel Williams’ philosophy on happiness? Do you agree or disagree? What are your thoughts on the subject of happiness and its foundations? In what ways do you operate in happiness in your life? Share with me below or drop me a line at: [email protected].

Happiness Philosophy Montel Williams #MindBodySoul

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  • This make a lot of sense, “real happiness is not defined by or even built on lifestyle but rather the thoughts and emotions that are within – thoughts and emotions that we hold a much greater control over than we think.” Thanks for sharing!

  • I will have to come back to view the video. It can’t be played on the computer I”m using now.

    I do agree though that our thoughts have more power over how we feel than anything else. That’s why negative self talk is so dangerous.

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