The Happiest Man in the World

One Man's Never Ending Journey to Happiness

How Writing a Novel Reminded Me How to Have Fun

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The secret is out. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been working on a novel. I’ve been writing fiction for over a decade and have published a few short stories but have never before finished a novel. This year, that changes. I am well on my way to finishing the first draft and you can even follow along as I write it at the novel’s website: firstworldproblemsfiction.com. Every two.. Read More

Protect the Old, Make Room for the New

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I’m an old soul at heart. When I was young, teachers used to tell my parents that I was very mature for my age. Now that I’m not so young, I find myself gravitating towards the comfort of the recognizable, and the known versus the new and the cutting edge. My music collection doesn’t have a whole lot in it from any year after I graduated from college. I have.. Read More

An Addiction That Makes Me Happy

I have a bizarre fascination with stationery, and with pens and notebooks in particular. Earlier this year, I started down the path of learning to love fountain pens. Little did I know that there was an entire community of people like me. These people are incredibly passionate, and like me, just a little off. They can speak or write about the tiniest detail of a pen. However, strangely, it’s quite.. Read More

What I Learned After Six Months of Meditation

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I started a daily meditation practice on November 1, 2014. Since that day, I am incredibly proud to say that I have not missed a single day of practice. That’s over six straight months. Now, I want to share with you what I learned after six months of meditating, how it changed my life, and how it didn’t. However, before we talk about what I learned after six months of meditating,.. Read More

Happiness Is Not the Perfect Life

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As you can imagine, I spend a lot of time reading about the subject of happiness. From psychology papers to greek philosophy, I spend an unhealthy amount of time learning about the subject of happiness. In pretty much anything I ever read, there is always a starting point where the author tries to define happiness. Most recently, I was reading Stumbling on Happiness by Dan Gilbert. He  starts the book off by saying.. Read More

The Perfect Productivity System That Won’t Help You At All

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I’m a productive person. I’m organized, and I get more stuff done than the average joe. The biggest compliment someone can ever pay me is, “do you ever sleep?” In fact, I sleep a solid 7.5 hours a night on average. But I wasn’t always this way. In fact, upon entering law school, and then even moreso upon exiting law school, I struggled mightily with stress and anxiety that stemmed from having.. Read More

How I Fixed My Relationship With Money, Part 2

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This is a continuation from part 1. I suggest reading that first in order to get some context. The Change I ended the last part of this story knowing that I needed to make a change. Knowing that you need to make a change is all well and good, but the hard part is knowing what that change should be. I didn’t exactly have a plan when I decided I need.. Read More

Pizza and Taoism

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Sometimes in life, we need to indulge. Pizza is one of my many indulgences. In some ways, this might seem counterintuitive to my philosophy of happiness, because I’ve said before that being happy isn’t about a single moment of joy, but it’s a permanent state of being. As such, you’d think that a junk food like pizza would fall into the category of things that gives you a temporary feeling.. Read More

How to Shop for Christmas at the Last Minute without Stress

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Yesterday, I wrote about how I was converted from a Grinch to someone who loves Christmas. One of my reasons for my previous Grinch-like tendencies was the stress of Christmas shopping. I don’t like crowds. I don’t like shopping. And for some reason, despite being an organized person, I can’t bring myself to shop for Christmas ahead of time. It’s almost as if it would be contrary to the Holiday.. Read More

I Love Christmas… Who Knew?

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When making a list of all the things that could possibly make you happy, how can anyone not include Christmas (or whatever other non-denominational holiday occurs around the same time of the year)? I will admit that I haven’t always been a big fan of Christmas. In fact, aside from when I was really young and I would rush downstairs to see if Santa had come or not, I’ve been.. Read More