A wise man, that Mr. Steinbeck.
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Happy hump day, friends!
Yesterday I came across this wonderful little video and it got me thinking.
Thinking about happiness.
It’s a little animated film called “The Pig of Happiness,” which is based on a book of the same title by Edward Monkton.
(and if you’ve never heard of Edward Monkton you are missing out. He writes adorable short stories that always end with a moral that puts a smile on your face, my favorite of which being A Lovely Love Story.)
The video is about a pig who is just oh so sick of his fellow pigs whining all the day long and being miserable, and he decides that instead of being miserable, he is going to be happy. He makes a decision to be happy. He changes his attitude and eventually he becomes SO HAPPY that the happiness explodes from him and the other pigs start becoming happy, too.
The moral of the story being that happiness is infectious.
So like I said, it got me thinking about happiness. My own happiness.
This quest for happiness so many of us are on.
Lately I feel like happiness, the search for happiness, has become almost… trendy.
From the bestselling book “The happiness Project” to the sequel to that book, to a new award-winning documentary on happiness, it’s kind of everywhere. Everyday I come across tons of articles on the subject, and because finding ways to be happier appeals to me, I generally read them.
They usually say the same stuff (meditate! be more compassionate! love! smile! laugh!) but sometimes i read something that sticks with me.
This article describes one of the biggest obstacles of happiness, something called The When and The If syndrome.
You know what I’m talking about.
“I’ll be happy when“ or “I would be happier if,” etc., etc., etc.
Oh, how many times have I rained on my own parade because of a when or an if!
(too many times)
The article makes a good point: “Happiness isn’t like the rainforest. You don’t have to worry that you’ll use too much and the planet will perish. Actually, the reverse is true. If you’re happy before you get the raise (get married, lose weight, get divorced, etc.) you’ll be more experienced in happiness and more likely to respond with joy when even better stuff comes your way. Happiness is like any other habit: The more you practice it, the more natural it becomes.“
Which kind of goes back to the whole “happiness is infectious” moral of the pig story, no?
Anyway, research on happiness has found that there are three factors that contribute to daily happiness.
Drum roll please….
1. Being part of something that offers a sense of meaning and purpose.
2. Spending time with family and friends.
3. Being kind and helping others.
Simple but fantastic tips, in my humble opinion!
So today, as cheesy as this might sound, I urge you to go and practice some happiness. In whatever form that may come in, go and do something that adds a little more happiness to your day.
(And if you have a few minutes I highly suggest you watch the pig video. It’s four minutes of your day that is pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face.)P.S. Doesn’t the print above remind you of the LOST minivan that Hurley finds? Happiness at it finest!
There are many reasons I love living in San Francisco.
Fleet week is one of them.
My roof. I love it so.
Blue angels. They look like little dots in the photos but watching in person is unbelievable.
My friend Andrea has lived here for over 10 years and said “this just never gets old.”
In our teeny tiny apartment on our tiny dining room table.
(well, not real beer pong, but close enough all things considered)
The things Kevin comes up with never ceases to amaze me.
You can take the boy out of the frat but you can’t take the frat out of the boy.
Even when he is in mid-thirties, apparently.
I hope your weekend was as delightful as mine was!
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After months of foggy days our Indian Summer has finally arrived!
The past few days have been absolutely glorious. GLORIOUS.
Yesterday there was a high of 88, and today is supposed to be just as nice.
It’s amazing what some vitamin D can do for you. It really makes a difference in my life.
Years ago I lived in Scotland, and while I absolutely loved it, the lack of sun really started to get me down.
(which is why there is no way I could live in Buffalo! Sorry Kevin.)
It’s hard to be cooped up inside when it’s so wonderful outside, but at least I can take advantage tonight.
I hope your fall is treating you as well as San Francisco is treating me!
P.S. Don’t forget to watch Part 2 of Half the Sky tonight!
Hi friends! Tonight is night one of the Half the Sky documentary.
It starts at 9 p.m. / 8 p.m. CT on PBS, so set your DVR accordingly!
Tonight you will be taken on a journey through Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
As I’ve mentioned before, Cambodia holds a place near and dear to my heart, so I hope you’ll watch.
Some of the incredible people you will be meeting tonight include:
Amie Kandeh in Sierra Leone is an advocate for women’s protection from violence, who has been rescuing female victims of gender violence and not only helping them escape it, but teaching them about their due rights.
Somaly Mam in Cambodia is one of the most renowned anti-trafficking activists out there. Each year she helps rehabilitate thousands of girls who have been victims of the sex-slave trade, and she fights against it daily. I learned about this amazing long before Half the Sky, and she is truly an inspiration.
John Wood from the USA is the founder of Room to Read, an SF based organization that I’ve been involved with in the past. To date, Room to Read has created over 13,000 libraries and over 1,500 schools throughout Asia and Africa. Tonight Mr. Wood takes us to Vietnam to show first hand how education and literacy can break the cycle of poverty.
If these people don’t inspire you, I don’t know what will!
So please remember to watch TONIGHT at 9/8 central, on PBS!
Until then, please enjoy this trailer: