Can you taste Happiness? Tastefully, yes!

Food is an important part of our lives. We eat to survive. Some eat to thrive. Some taste to feel more alive. Are there foods that are your favorites? What is it about those foods that are special to you? Is it how you feel as you eat them? Is it the taste of the food as it is eaten, or the happiness you feel after the delight has been consumed?

Let’s talk about coffee. Who loves coffee, like I do. The aroma as it is being brewed, brings comfort to a home. The taste is stimulating, the flavor is full. There are a wide variety of coffees, that originate from various diverse locales all around the world. How does coffee make you feel? Energized? Elevated? Stressed? Wait. How many cups have you had? This New York Times article, discusses the health benefits of coffee, and is a stimulating read: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/12/upshot/more-consensus-on-coffees-benefits-than-you-might-think.html?_r=0

As one gets older, some favorite foods may become less easy for the body to digest. As we move away from some comfort foods we can replace with others that taste better, and are better for you. Who doesn’t love shrimp? Here is a link for dishes that are made from shrimp. https://t.co/4lPR1sQBcK

Ice cream is a favorite food that brings happiness. What is your favorite flavor? Donuts are an all-time favorite, but they tend to put the pounds on, which may bring unhappiness later. On the other hand, chocolate tastes great, and is less filling, adding myriad health benefits. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/chocolate/evidence/hrb-20058898

Chocolate is said to release endorphins in the brain making one feel better. Dark Chocolate help to lower blood pressure under certain conditions. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-is-dark-chocolate-good-for-you-thank-your-microbes/

Orange juice gives a morning boost and has potassium that helps start the day. http://www.belmarrahealth.com/10-health-benefits-of-drinking-orange-juice/What is a food fave for you?  Post it on this blog with your comments. Cheers!

Can Money Make You Happier? It’s a safe bet…

 

When it comes to Happiness, it is a safe bet that access to money or resources plays a role. Things that money will buy can make you feel better. Like in the above music video by Travie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars: many of us want to a billionaire, so… bad.

Buying things that make you feel successful are the pursuit of happiness for some people. Having the things that bring joy to you and your family are meaningful. Having cars, clothes, houses, and items of prestige help many to define their lives. But, I found an interesting article that shows how saving can lead towards happiness.

Saving for a goal although it may forego immediate gratification, can make one feel happy. Knowing that you are working towards a goal, that is part of a greater plan for your life, may make you feel happy about what struggles you may go through in the short term.

Saving money and investing in real estate, stocks, or education, have been historical paths to wealth and prosperity. Wealth has proven to make some people happier, though we don’t want to believe it’s true. This episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, entitled “The Cars of Tomorrow” has rare cars and real estate that might make one dream of what they would do with added riches.

Should you feel bad that someone is wealthy and you may not be? Heck no! Find a way to make the best life for yourself, now, today, and into your future. What you have, may not seem to be a lot, but it may be a lot to someone else.  If you are wealthy today, why not consider helping others less fortunate than yourself. For example, donating money to create a scholarship at your alma mater, or another school that does something for others that you think is meaningful.

Donating gently worn or “vintage” clothing to thrift stores will help those less fortunate than yourself. Sometimes you may even find something that you will like, too.

Giving to institutions that are well known to help others is fine, but how can you make a difference with limited funds? If your library or makerspace has been particularly gracious to you, why not donate funds to advance their progress. I remember the story of an individual who said he benefitted greatly from the public library system, He then donated liberally to it after he became wealthy. Timothy Sykes, wrote, “Ten Ways to Be a Stock Market Millionaire”, that has ideas to get started in investing.

What would you do with great wealth? Who would you help? What would you change? How would you make value? What worth would it bring? Would it make you happier? Write about it in the comments section. I will include some comments with this article. It is safe to say that Jay Leno, former host of the Tonight Show, is excited about vehicles. Here is an interesting video of Jay Leno’s Garage that shows what one person can do with great wealth.

How would great wealth influence your life, write about it in the comments.

 

Happiness is for you…

Happiness means different things to different people. The Happiness Place is a place to explore things that make you feel better than before. Happiness often is the opposite of sadness. Wealth rather than poverty. Health rather than sickness. Wellness rather than malaise. “Joy rather than pain. Sunshine rather than rain”, as in the song made popular by the musical group Frankie Beverly and Maze.

What makes one happy? Technology promises to make our lives better. With advances in voice control, security systems, better computing, tablets, smart tvs, tablets, virtual reality, drones, cars, trucks, real estate, trips, vacations, etc. Do we feel happier with new and better technology? Absolutely! Improve your technology, and improve your happiness. This is true for most people. Time saving devices make your life easier, and reduce stressful situations from day to day.

Sometimes happiness is derived from something you do. An interesting article from WebMD.com highlights things we all can do to be happier in our lives.

Sometimes happiness is a pursuit. Like chasing a dream, or accomplishing a lifetime goal, happiness can be found here. Actor Will Smith’s movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness” offers a glimpse into this type of Happyness.

Sometimes happiness is found in a place. A place that makes you feel happy, appreciated, and accepted. Maybe a place far away from the stressers that haunt you. Maybe it’s time to plan a trip. I’m just sayin’.

The Happiness Place.com is a place to find and keep the happy flowing. Come back again and again. Welcome to the Happy!