Happiness and Gratitude

A Man Wakes Up in the Morning

“A man wakes up in the morning and decides to go fishing. He goes to the dock, sits down, pulls out his fishing net, and throws it in. On the dock, there is another fisherman who seems to be catching quite a few fish. With every fish this fisherman catches, he takes it to the side of the dock where there is a ruler. After measuring each fish, he keeps some and throws back others. After observing this behavior for some time, the first fisherman approaches the other fisherman and says, “What’s up? Why are you throwing some fish back [...]

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

There’s no room for adventure and excitement in your comfort zone; in fact, over time you might feel overwhelmed and trapped by boredom and fear. Perhaps it’s time to stretch those limits a little! Not only will your life become more exciting, but you’ll also build confidence and improve your luck.  1. Make a fool of yourself. One of the biggest things that holds many of us back is our fear of what people think. After all, you don’t want people to think you’re weird or rude or creepy or obnoxious or annoying, do you? But wait — think about the most [...]

Happiness Checklist by Aaron

I keep this list handy, so that when I find myself feeling down, I don’t have to think about what to do to get back up. I often find that after doing just a couple of them, I’m already feeling better and ready to take on the world again. – Music – I love reggae, jazz, and ambient electronic (somafm.com) – Meaningful engagement with friends and family – I like to ask questions and let them tell me stories.  Light stuff, but intentional and meaningful. – Water – 1 liter+  At least a full glass as soon as I wake [...]

The Habits of Happy People

1. They surround themselves with other happy people 2. They smile when they mean it 3. They cultivate resilience 4. They try to be happy 5. They are mindful of the good 6. They appreciate simple pleasures 7. They devote some of their time to giving 8. They let themselves lose track of time (And sometimes they can’t help it) 9. They nix the small talk for deeper conversation 10. They spend money on other people 11. They make a point to listen 12. They uphold in-person connections 13. They look on the bright side. 14. They value a good mixtape 15. They [...]

Some Good Advice

The author of the blog called sherzyang recently shared her tips on making life good: It is an effort comprised of many actions. I don’t think life is fair all the time, but I do think it will eventually show you in some way if you are getting away with being less than your best self. It’s an attitude, it’s a discipline, it’s a compassion, it’s a sense of self, it’s a commitment to follow-through. It’s preparation and execution. It’s not genius, but a willingness to learn, change, and move on. It’s taken me all my years to begin to learn how [...]

Top 10 Lessons Learned In Traveling The World 10 Years

Benny Lewis has been traveling the world for 10 years. In his blog he writes: THIS year (2013) I celebrated my TEN year travel anniversary with a much more visual representation of the top ten lessons learned in travelling the world, including the absolute best footage from my travels, and you can hear me speak out the lessons directly to the camera. Here it is. Enjoy! Happiness has no price tag. Be an imperfectionist. The magic happens outside of your comfort zone. The world owes you nothing. Get busy living. Every single person is fascinating and can teach you something. It is Ok [...]

How To Buy Happiness

My friend sent me the link to this TEDX Talk and I want to share it with you. Enjoy!

Famous Letter of Anton Chekhov to His Older Brother – 1886

People only laugh at what’s funny or what they don’t understand. Take your choice. The latter of course is more flattering, but—alas!—to me, for one, you’re no riddle. It’s not hard to understand someone with whom you’ve shared the delights of Tatar caps, Voutsina, Latin and, finally, life in Moscow. And besides, your life is psychologically so uncomplicated that even a nonseminarian could understand it. Out of respect for you let me be frank. You’re angry, offended…but it’s not because of my gibes or of that good-natured chatterbox Dolgov. The fact of the matter is that you’re a decent person [...]

What does it all mean?

“A few years ago, classmate Joshua Wolf Shenk wrote this great article for The Atlantic. Entitled What Makes Us Happy?, it got deep into the Harvard Grant Study and the question: What makes a good life? The study started in 1937 and has been tracking 268 high-achieving members of the Harvard Class of 1939-1941 since then. That would be 76 years; now in 2013, the surviving members of the cohort are around 94. It’s the longest-running longitudinal study of human well-being. And if you plan on living for another 40 years or so, it has some salient advice for how [...]