Finding happiness

Being in motion on a long hike makes me happy. Here I am at a camp on Mt. Kili.

Figuring out  and finding happiness has consumed me lately.  I’ve been reading a lot about it. What makes us happy?  As far as I can tell, what makes us happy is a series of contradictions.  You need a stable government, unless you live in Mexico and then apparently you are happy without one.  Earning more than $70,000 per year supposedly doesn’t lead to greater happiness according to statistics, except that in the very specific places where people are the most happy individual income is higher overall.  You need freedom, but one of the happiest towns in the United States has a lot of restrictions.

In all my reading and research I can pinpoint four things that seem to truly make people happy—good relationships, volunteering or doing good for others, a sense of purpose, and your perspective.

Here are just a couple tips, using the four points above as a reference, to try and increase your happiness quota:

  • Get together with good friends at regular intervals. Have a monthly dinner club, or book club, or […]
Finding happiness2018-02-14T15:58:45-04:00

Muse Paint Bar West Hartford


You've been mooned by Personal Euphoria You’ve been mooned by Personal Euphoria

The Personal Euphoria staff went to Muse Paint bar in West Hartford for our quarterly get together. If you’ve never been, check it out.  It was so much fun.  It’s wine and painting—both superbly therapeutic. Although I think I’m the only one who would take the painting over the wine.  We get good attendance at all our staff events (I think we like each other), but this was our best ever attended event (I think the staff likes wine). Love all the colors! Love all the colors!

We booked a private class and picked a painting. Because we had a private, when we got stuck the instructor came around to help us individually.  At one point, she came to Barb, sitting next to me, and said, “Do you want me to talk you through how to fix that or do it for you.”  Barb wanted the lesson.  “Talk me through it,” she said.  When the instructor came to me with the same question, I was going to be ready with the same […]

Muse Paint Bar West Hartford2017-09-12T19:31:14-04:00

Feel Good

Here are just some some videos that have made me happy over the years:

  • A recent documentary (streaming live on Netflix) that explains our choices, at least in part, can make us happy.
  • A treadmill has never made me happier.
  • This couple had a pretty elaborate wedding entrance. 
  • The blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds has been making me laugh for over a decade.  Watch this exploding whale 
  • I like my Matt the most, but this Matt who dances seems pretty cool too.  
  • When you just want to smile and be happy with the world watch this proposal.