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Gregg Masters is an inspirational author, thinker and speaker who's daily thoughts, blog and more are known as "A Common Man's Wisdom." Gregg's professional life, whether in Radio, Television or any of his other jobs, allowed him to travel and explore both places and people of all kinds. Ironically, it wasn't these experiences that had the biggest impact on him. In 2008, Gregg suffered a disabling back injury. During this time, Gregg was presented with the option to look at life with anger and cynicism over his injury and pain or to look for the opportunities it might present. He chose the latter. After looking within himself and as he says "Seeing what I was made of, and what made me tick," Gregg began sharing some of his thoughts. First on Facebook, Twitter and with others he was speaking to. As Gregg's thoughts, insights, and understanding continued to grow so did his social media presence. Soon, he began collecting his thoughts, ideas, affirmations and meditations in a series of books titled "A Common Man's Wisdom."

When Was The Last Time You BURST Into Joy?!?

When was the last time you BURST INTO JOY? I mean, we burst into tears, we find ourselves bursting in a fit of rage or anger but does it go the other way? Is it possible to burst into a fit of joy? Is it possible to burst into a fit of happiness or gratitude?

You bet it is!!!


Here’s the thing, WE DO IT ALL THE TIME!  We get so focused on the negative that we fail to see the positive. That is a choice that we make. That means it’s also a choice that we can change.


I’m not about to burst into a chorus of the Hallelujah Chorus here, but the time has come that we need to rejoice at our bursts of joy and happiness and blessings and gratitude and kindness and hope and peace and on and on and on…

(Note the word “need” in this thought! I could have used “should” or “ought to” but that’s inaccurate! “THE TIME HAS COME THAT WE NEED TO REJOICE AT OUR BURSTS OF JOY AND HAPPINESS AND BLESSINGS AND GRATITUDE AND KINDNESS AND HOPE AND PEACE AND ON AND ON AND ON…”


It’s time you both realize that it’s OK to feel good, even ridiculously good sometimes and it’s OK to rejoice in it too!  Once you start toning this, you’ll find that you are much more willing to share those wonderful positive feelings with others. You’ll begin to leave behind joy and happiness and love even when you have no idea you’re doing it. You’ll also begin to feel yourself bursting into all of those positive feelings even during those times when in the past, you never would have thought that possible.


Find yourself smiling unexpectedly. Find yourself wishing that person who in the past would have infuriated you, a good day…and meaning it. Find yourself in the midst of a challenging situation and knowing that no matter what, you’re going to be fine. Find yourself REALIZING when you BURST INTO HAPPINESS AND JOY! Find yourself asking yourself as the night winds down about the times WHEN you burst into happiness instead of IF it happened. Most importantly, find yourself bursting into joy about being the kind of human being that you were put on this earth to be.






Are You “Happy” Or Are You Happy?





Many years ago after a long few days of work, I found myself sitting down for a drink across the table from a “A” list actress that I had been working with. (Not as an actor but in a different capacity.) As we talked about past events and future projects and hopes, I asked her a simple question. “Are you happy?” I mean, she had money, fame, was recently married and producers were knocking down her door. I remember that she started to answer quickly and then stopped for what seemed like a very long time. Finally, she put her fingers up to form air quotes as she said, “I am ‘happy’ but I don’t think I’m happy.” We talked about that in depth for quite a while. Even now as I see her on TV or on the big screen, I both wonder and hope that she was able to take the quotation marks away and is now … happy …


I bring this up because this time of the year especially, I ask myself that question often. We all have times in our life that are filled with joy and happiness just as there are also those times when it’s the complete opposite. So I keep asking, on the whole, am I “happy” or am I happy?


How do you know the answer to that question? I mean, it’s not how much “stuff” you have or how many likes you get on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. It’s not “Well I SHOULD be happy, right?” It’s not even achieving all the hopes and dreams that you set forth in the past. Who would have ever thought that such a seemingly simple question would turn out to be so hard to answer honestly?



The answer has nothing to do with our achievements in life or lack there of. Some of the times that were the most rocky in my life, were also the times when it turns out, I was pretty darn happy. Looking back, there have been plenty of times when I was scared or in pain or wasn’t in the environment I wanted to be in at the time but I also found my way to happiness.


The true answer appears in that flash of an instant when you ask yourself the question. Way before you have time to think about it or rationalize it, way before guilt or greed or ego ever get involved. In that one single instant, the answer is either a yes or no. If there is a “…well…” or a “…yeah but…” then the answer is no.



Happiness never leaves us! I’ll say that again… Happiness never leaves us, other things can cloud it, but happiness is always there. If there is a lesson to be learned, I guess it’s that we can plan and plot and design all of the things we want or that we believe will make us happy, but the truth is, they won’t. We are the only thing that can or will ever make us happy!  In every situation, every decision we face, it’s up to us to not just find happiness but to allow happiness to take control of. Looking inward is the only way we can do that! There are plenty of times when people, places or things awaken our happiness and allow us to make that journey within us. First, we need to allow ourselves to find happiness, to recognize and appreciate it. We must be grateful for whatever shimmers of happiness we might have, instead of lamenting the things we imagine that we’ve lost or are frustrated about. We must open ourselves up to the possibility that while we are living “inside the frame,” we can’t see the whole picture, but we are still part of the whole story!


I strive to live my life not by the definitions others put on it. I now strive to look at happiness as a constant in my life. For me, it’s a matter of how I view and interpret the things that I’ve been given. There are times when I am more happy than I am right now, there are also times when I am less happy. The difference in my life now, is that that no matter what, I am still happy! Sadness, frustration and anger don’t mean there’s no happiness. They mean that for the moment, those things have “stepped in front” of happiness and are over shadowing it. When that happens, we might focus more on them, but that doesn’t mean happiness left us!


On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you right now? When times are tough or you’re facing a setback, talk to yourself about it. For instance, out loud, have a conversation with yourself such as…“Man, I’m not very happy this morning am I? I’m only at about a 3 today, I wonder why?” Sound silly? Well by talking about it, you’re also working out the problem. Remember, being “not very happy” is a whole lot better that not being happy at all! Just the fact that you’re realizing that fact in the darkest of times, means YOU STILL HAVE HAPPINESS INSIDE OF YOU.


My wish for you is not happiness, but that you find your happiness, hold onto your happiness, remember your happiness so that when it’s calling you, you’ll remember how to make your way back to it! As for me, I have my good days and my not as good days, and I’m pretty happy about that.





Not Making a 2020 Resolutions is a Waste! (A waste of your future!!!)

Be prepared for all of the naysayers and doom and gloom about to come your way if you slip and mention that you’re making some New Year’s Resolutions this year! After laying your soul bare about how you’ll make yourself better, people are more than willing to throw dirt on the process and even the thought behind it. So here’s what you do when that happens…..


I don’t get it! I mean what do people have against making their lives better or their friends lives becoming better? The answer is always a “Well nothing but…..” There are a few other things I “don’t get” either…

•Why would a person not want to better themselves?

•Why would you not spend the time to assess where you are, where you want to go and how to get there?

•Why would we listen to the world say it’s stupid when we know deep within us it is needed.

That’s one of the reasons why people make these huge resolutions that have no chance  of success. Part self fulfilled prophecy, part “Get This Over As Quickly As We Can”, part peer pressure.

So here are some of my recommendations for making your 2020 New Year’s Resolutions.  First, make resolutions by the month, not by the year! Even then, make only 2 or 3 for the month, then on the 15th, check in and see how they’re doing. If you need to make adjustments, make em!

When it comes to resolutions, size matters! We all want things to change for the better in huge ways and we want it right now! Ain’t gonna happen!!! If you want to lose 20lbs next year, then shoot for losing 2lbs in January. As with my earlier point, see how you’re doing on the 15 and adjust if you need to.

Find the reason why you want the change in your life. Too often we pay attention to what others say or want and don’t pay enough attention to our true feelings. Once you come up with the resolution, ask yourself why?

I have more but finally, stop worrying so much about getting rid of things in your life and instead start planning on the things you need to add to your life! For instance, if you want to lose weight, what good foods can you add that you’ll also like that would make that happen? Only 1 or 2? Great! Give it a shot. Things too cluttered in the house? Maybe  adding some sort of furniture that would help keep things in order might help.

Find the good things in life and then make them part of your life!

One of those good things, is doing your best to make yourself a better you! New Year’s Resolutions can do that if you allow them too. All those yahoos telling you stupid it is to make them, won’t spend 24 hours a day with you or check in on you or have any clue what your heart or soul really, really wants. Only you know that. So when it comes to those naysayers telling you how stupid New Year’s Resolutions are, as I mentioned earlier in my very understated way… IGNORE THEM. IGNORE THEM. IGNORE THEM!

Happy New Year