The Trick to Being Happy NOW!


According to his website, James Altucher is an entrepreneur and investor. He is also the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book “Choose Yourself.”

Altucher has an award winning podcast in addition to his website, and in both he creates inspirational messages and advice for those who are looking to leave the rat race and jump into business ownership.

In one of his most recent posts, he shares information on the Magic Trick to being happy now, instead of waiting for your ship to come in.


He shares with readers how low he sank emotionally, knowing that he was going to lose his business and facing an IRS investigation. The hours and hard work he had put in had  not paid off in the end. Instead of spending time in the present with family and friends, he had sank himself into his business and lost everything. He gave up the magical moments in the present reaching for a future that never materialized.

The magical moments only exist in the present and, once they are gone, will never happen again. We miss those moments by focusing on the past or seeking the future and let the present slowly slip away.

Magic and Abundance only exist in the here and now because the past and future don’t.

His message is that he doesn’t mean to live only for the moment because everyone has responsibilities. You have to DO those things and then be grateful. He states that you must find five things that you are grateful for and list them. When your mind starts to wander, bring it back to your list. Or create a new one as the list will always change. The past lies. The future won’t come true. The abundance and magic are only here and now.

The Magic Trick

If you always bring yourself back to that present moment, the future will take care of itself. The abundance will grow every time you bring yourself back to the present and count the things you are grateful for.