Monthly Archives: July 2013

Put on your walking shoes

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Health and happiness are inextricably linked.  In this day and age, we all know that exercise is good for us.  But exercise science is relatively new, and we don’t really know exactly HOW good for us it is.  We also don’t know exactly where the threshold is for getting all the health benefits of exercise.  Either way, I’m not taking any chances.  I started a new exercise program this month.  It centers around strength training and conditioning in varying degrees.  However, even if you don’t like weights or running, you can still get a lot of health benefits relatively easily.

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Do You Realize?

Have you ever listened to The Flaming Lips?  You should.  In particular, this song is really good.

The message in this song is really simple and pure.  Spend time with your loved ones while you can, because you only have them on loan.  Also, the following line is one of my favorites,

Instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know you realize that life goes fast.  It’s hard to make the good things last.  You realize the sun doesn’t go down, it’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning ’round.

The way you frame your thoughts matters, as we’ve already discussed on this blog.  In a very real way, you control the reality in which you live.  Framing your thoughts in a positive way whenever possible goes a long way toward making a happier experience.

So just a friendly neighborhood reminder: appreciate your loved ones while you have them, and remember things are very rarely as bad as they seem.

Happiness and Money

I was cruising the internet the other day and came across this infographic from noomi.com.   It says everything so clearly that I see no need to elaborate really.  Essentially money does buy happiness when you need it for basic needs (food, shelter, etc.) and some small luxuries.  But after you get to a certain income level, money stops making you happy.  The good news if you’re rich is that you can also raise your happiness levels by spending money judiciously.  Read on…

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Infographic courtesy of noomi.com

I would guess that the $75,000/yr income threshold is actually lower for people who have substantial savings, too.

There you have it.  It’s science.  Money isn’t happiness, but it helps in the beginning.

Brushing Off the Little Things

First things first: keeping small inconveniences in their place.  The key to this is knowing what you want.  I mean, specifically, what are your big picture goals?  If you don’t know, then you should stop reading this and give the question some serious thought.  OK, I’m now going to assume you know what your big picture goals are.  Maybe you want a family, a house,  or financial security.  We can even go a little smaller scale.  Maybe you want to lose 10 pounds, or be able to squat 315 pounds, or learn Spanish.   The key to making sure little things don’t matter is knowing what the big things are.

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