Happy – More than one way to get there?

What is Happy?

A stupid-arse question, or deep philosophical point? Ironically (sagaciously?) the answer determines the value of the question.

Go to Walt Disney World. The happiest place on earth. If that’s your answer, then it’s stupid-arse question. But thanks for playing. 🙂

Live a good life, try to do good things, and treat people the way you want to be treated. Warm and snuggly, yes. Maybe even noble. But it still makes the question Continue reading

Happiness is No Nap Required

Everyone’s happiness comes in a different shape. Today, mine is in the shape of not needing a nap. 🙂

Tomorrow makes four weeks that I’ve been working on the farm. I’ve lost almost 15 pounds (that’s another whole kind of happiness), it’s great to be working outside again, and everyone has been cool about helping me get settled in. So I’m liking being here. But I have to admit it’s hard work. My body has been sore, and I’ve needed a nap every afternoon – for an hour to an hour and a half.

A funny side note – We had really bad Continue reading

Happiness Means Moving Forward

Ever notice how easy it is to get distracted and side tracked? Especially when it’s away from something that’s hard to do anyway? Sure. We’ve all had it happen.

For me, it’s this new job on the farm. I’ve been here 11 days, and I think it’s great. But…

The first distraction was the pain. I mean real, “Oh shite,” my body hurts pain. 🙂 You have to admit it’s kind of funny. Since June 2007 I’ve been sitting my arse in a chair writing. The heaviest thing I’ve had to lift is myself to go get something else to eat.

Now I’m hoisting 60 and 70 pound tubs of Continue reading

Do Horses Make Happiness?

It’s a whole week since I last posted! Actually, 8 days; and I blame it all on the horses :-). It feels like a lot longer than that because so much has happened. May I fill you in?

The ad said “Horse Farm Help.” Since I grew up around standard bred race horses, I decided to apply. Keep in mind that I’ve applied for about three dozen jobs since March without hearing back from any of them. I’ve been using it as a guide for whether to keep working on this book project.

You see, I figure if God wants me to keep working on this book then jobs Continue reading

Getting Happy with Horses

Getting Happy on a day-to-day basis is fairly basic. It starts in the morning with being grateful for the little things we all tend to take for granted. But that’s also a basic level of getting happy.

Like everybody, I am actually seeking something better than just being happy for good health and a place to sleep. I’ll come back to this idea in a second…

Last week, I interviewed for a position on a horse farm. Coincidentally, the position is basic, too. 🙂  The job is to walk 11 horses out to the paddocks, clean their stalls, and bring them back in. It’s 6 days a week – Monday through Saturday. Pretty basic, right?

Well, it turns out that – out of more than two Continue reading

Kickstarter Feedback and Progress

Lots of folks are giving feedback on the Kickstarter for Getting Happy.

Wondering what Kickstarter is? I did too until a friend turned me onto it. Then I asked David at Morgan James Publishing about the site. He likes it, and some MJP have had success with Kickstarter.

It’s a crowd-funding site. You put your project up – in this case, it’s Getting Happy – and ask people to back the project. I decided to go this Continue reading

Does Divorce Ever End?

Yvette and I had our last hearing over the property settlement for our divorce yesterday. It was nothing spectacular, but it did get me thinking.

We’re divorced. As much as I would like us to get back together, I really don’t think that’s going to happen.

Yvette and I have chosen different courses of action. Once you choose a course, you develop commitment to it and you build up mental Continue reading

Goals One Month Later

It’s almost one month in my new apartment. Hard to believe, but time does fly. (Whether you’re having fun or not.) And I’m achieving my goals.

The most important goal is that I’m still thankful. I never really thought about it before, but maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” takes effort. Which also explains why I never particularly had that attitude, now doesn’t it?

On the bright side, the effort is fairly small so achieving Continue reading