Happiness is a choice – not an outcome.

There is no point in pursuing happiness, despite what you’ve been told.

It can’t be found because it’s not out there somewhere for you to find.

You can’t become happy by doing anything or buying something or being with someone special or having some wild experience in some faraway exotic location.

You can have fun doing all of those things but none of them will bring you lasting happiness.

None of them lasts forever:

        • events finish.
        • new stuff gets old.
        • people move one.
        • holidays end.

The only way to be happy is by decision – by choosing to be happy.

Happiness is a mindset or an attitude that’s available to you at all times and in all circumstances.

Choosing to be happy is an act of self-empowerment.

When you understand your happiness is not dependent on anyone or anything but yourself, you can give yourself permission to be happy despite what’s going on around you.

Stop chasing it.

Simply be what you want to be: happy.

Peter Mulraney is the author of My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living.

Need a change? Read a new author.

We’re creatures of habit, and that applies to our reading habits as well.

When was the last time you consciously chose to read a new author, someone you haven’t read before?

You’ve probably come across that statement, rightly or wrongly attributed to Einstein, reminding you that if you keep doing the same thing you’ll get the same results, or words to that effect. Applies to ideas and beliefs, too.

If you keep reading books by the same authors, how do you expect to have your ideas or beliefs challenged?

Most of us are caught up in thought bubbles where ‘birds of a feather have flocked together.’

If you want to experience how someone else treats your favorite subject or type of story, try a new author. In fact, try an Indie Author,  whose work hasn’t been filtered by some corporate publishing watchdog.

A few for you to consider:

Just type their names into the search box of your retailer of choice and risk a few dollars on exploring a new author this week. You might be surprised.

Peter Mulraney is the author of the Inspector West and Stella Bruno Investigates crime series, the Everyday Business Skills and Living Alone series, and My Life is My Responsibility: Insights for Conscious Living.

Some Good News

People are buying my books.

My top five selling titles for 2017

New releases in October


It’s real buzz for writers to know that people are reading and enjoying their books – and I’m no exception to that.

These days, e-books are so inexpensive you can buy one for less than the cost of a coffee and blueberry muffin. And, if you want, you can read them on your phone in the coffee shop or on your commute.

Enjoy your reading.



Costs of Retail Therapy

Photo by Parker Burchfield on Unsplash

A little self-indulgent shopping can’t be bad for you, can it?

We’ve all bought ourselves a little something to distract ourselves from the reality of our lives. That’s one of the benefits of living in a consumer society where there’s stuff to buy and easy access to credit.

My weakness is stationery. There is something about paper and pens I find irresistible. The upside of my self-indulgence is I always have a pen and something to write on. The downside is some of those stationery items can be expensive. Fortunately, I do not turn to retail therapy very often.

But, if your self-indulgent shopping involves fashion accessories or clothes, your retail therapy sessions may cost you a lot more than mine.

It’s a sad fact that turning to retail therapy, instead of dealing with life issues, often leads to serious financial distress, especially when that self-indulgent spending generates credit card debt.

If you’re looking at your credit card statement and wondering how things got to this, you might find Everyday Money Management a useful addition to your library.

Peter Mulraney is the author of the Everyday Business Skills series.

Ann Cleeves

There must be something about living on an island that drives people to desperate acts. At least that’s the impression I’m getting from reading The Shetland books by Ann Cleeves.

So far, I’ve read Raven Black and White Nights.

Raven Black is set in the dark winter months when very little sunlight reaches the Shetlands. White Nights, on the other hand, is set during the summer when the sky refuses to go dark.

Local Inspector Jimmy Perez works with Inspector Roy Taylor from Inverness to solve two murders in Raven Black and a string of murders in White Nights.

Cleeves gives her readers insights into the many characters involved. I enjoyed the books.

Must admit, I’m also a fan of her Vera TV series.

You can get an insight into the island life in Shetland from Shetland.org and the Shetland Islands.


Some days you simply need to spend time with nature.

Get out of the house and stroll through the park. Walk on the beach or down by the river. Sit in the garden.

If there is nothing natural in your immediate environment, befriend a pot plant.