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2014 BLOG – DAY 27 :: peak performance: happiness

27 Jan

Is there a formula for happiness?

I know there are books and research and gobs of data about how to obtain happiness. But I’m pretty sure for the sake of this blog we can just whittle it down to one thing: love.

And a simple formula.
Friends + Love = Happiness.

I’ve been reminded of this over the past few days.
Yesterday’s formula was heavy on martini’s and bacon wrapped dates.
Today has been more on the yoga + salad side.

And it’s all good.

Here’s another one: late night laughter.
This time with balloons.
Enjoy!

What brings you happiness?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{what brings you happiness?}

GIFT DAY 034: how to get to happy

3 Feb

Today is the Super Bowl.

Not so “super” for us New England Patriots’ fans. Since we are NOT in it. Just the thought of that last game brings up sad memories.

Tonight, we will watch the big game over here anyway.
(I, for one, prefer the commercials anyway.)

But the pressing game has me thinking about happiness.
And how that relates to abundance.

Here’s one way to get happy.

Check out Lily in this video. She is surprised by her parents with an early birthday gift (If you have not already seen the video I won’t spoil the teaser!)

Lilly, the promise daily, the promise 365, jamie eslinger

And, here’s another.

According to Researcher Michael Norton, happiness can be bought.
Well, sort of.

Based on his studies Norton, an associate professor of marketing, calculated that giving away $500 increased feelings of wealth as much as did earning an extra $10,000.

So basically, the act of GIVING feels so good, it makes you happy. At least, happier.

The bottom line: spending money on OTHER people makes you happier than spending money on yourself. (And it doesn’t matter what the amount is!)

You can see more on that here, in this TEDx talk.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{What makes you super happy? Share on the blog. Or, just do a happy dance in the privacy of your own home. Hey, whatever makes you happy!}

Day 209: want to be happy? go on vacation!

28 Jul


We are leaving, not on a jet plane, more like a slow ferry.

We are packed up and heading to “America” (as island locals say) a.k.a. the mainland.

Our destination?  A mini family reunion, a wedding, and a dentist appointment. Hey, it can’t all be fun and games when one gets the chance to sail to America.

It’s a boat trip + road trip + Novocaine trip, all in one.
The latter I am not looking forward to.

But, don’t all road trips have a bump in the road somewhere?

Even though we spend our summer on an idyllic island, this distinctly feels like vacation.  And, according to the recent Time article, Want Happiness? Don’t Buy More Stuff — Go on Vacation, experts report doing more brings more happiness than purchasing more

I can relate.

So far, over this journey (a vacation of sorts, from shopping), I have learned first-hand it is just as adventurous to find a new yoga class as it is to find a frilly dress.  One would think purchasing a physical item would make euphoria last longer.  Turns out, it doesn’t.  We attribute more long-term happiness to memories and special moments, or vacations and road trips than to new t-shirts or TV’s.

Vacations are indeed priceless.

When I think back over my life, I can remember every road trip ever taken.  From the trek last fall where Justin, Pup and I crisscrossed the entire country, to the spring break with my college buddies where Laura and Lisa and I drove to Corpus Christi, Texas, bringing back more than hangovers and memories; we packed up the car with full body sunburns and Aloe vera (not a good combination for a 20 hour car ride home).

And, then there is that one road trip Justin and I took, a very long time ago, heading towards college in his black Tahoe.  We drove from Idaho to Missouri, from West to Mid-west, on our way to college.

It was a long way
Not because of the distance between home and college, but because of the distance between us.  We were recently broken up. (Looking back, now, we think our two mother’s collaborated to put us together in a car for two days in hopes our hearts would resolve. Good plan. Didn’t work.)

On that long and winding road, where there is NOTHING between Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and the Missouri River, we made small talk and listened to CD after CD after CD, ignoring the pink elephant in the car: my broken heart.

Somewhere between Denver and Kansas City we spotted billboards for The World’s Largest Prairie Dog.  And when you see a billboard for the world’s largest prairie dog, you have to stop.  Not surprisingly, it was a cement hoax, a large sculpture of a prairie dog (which you probably already guessed).  But, it broke the ice between our two hearts as we laughed and rolled our eyes at the roadside ridiculousness.

We laughed the rest of the way to the Missouri state line. When Justin dropped me off at Laura and Lisa’s front door we waved to each other.  No more kisses, no more hugs.  But we had something new: one, big, prairie dog.

Yesterday, a song on Pandora rang through my computer speakers and held me in its grip.  It’s called Long Way and it’s a road trip song (it caught my attention because it mentions Idaho, and many other places I have driven through.)

I searched online to find out more, and you’ll never guess what I found…

A video where the artist, Antje Duvekot, describes her own road trip across the county and what she discovered.  Turns out we aren’t the only suckers for enormous prairie dogs!

If you have a few minutes, this video is worth a watch and the song is a good listen.

Call it good for your soul.  Or, if you’ve ever driven cross-country, broken up with the person sitting next to you, then it just might be good for your heart too.

Trust the research.
Vacations last longer than souvenirs.
Some trips are short. Some are long.  
But, all are memorable.

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