The Happiest Man in the World

One Man's Never Ending Journey to Happiness

30-Day No Complaining Challenge Complete!

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Exactly a month ago, I started my first happiness challenge: a 30-day no complaining challenge. Over the last month, I have done my best to break the habit of no complaining. Here are some of the lessons I learned over the course of the past month: 1. It’s okay to change your goal Even though the challenge started off as just no complaining, by the second week, I changed the.. Read More

The Happy Documentary

Happy Documentary

This weekend I watched the documentary Happy. Released in 2011, Happy was apparently quite popular, but I hadn’t heard of it until it appeared in my Netflix recommended feed (part of me still finds it incredible that Netflix figured out that a guy that writes a blog called, “The Happiest Man in the World,” would be interested in the Happy documentary). The film interviews a slew of experts in Happiness, mostly Ph.D.’s in.. Read More

Defining Happiness

Defining Happiness

Difficulties of Writing About Happiness One of the difficulties of writing about and pursuing happiness is defining it. Ask anyone what it means “to be happy” and you’ll get a variety of answers that range from synonyms that aren’t really synonyms (to be content versus to be joyful), to philosophical interpretations of virtue to psychological explanations of a pleasant mental state. I’d say that most people who you’d ask to define happiness have.. Read More

Stand Up Comedy & Laughing Out Loud

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  This past Thursday was a long day. I woke up around 5:30 am. At 7:30 am, I was on a plane. By 9 am, I was in a different city. At 11 am, I was on a stage in front of 500 people delivering a keynote that I had only found out I’d be giving about 36 hours beforehand. At 3:00 pm, I was on another plane headed back home… Read More

30-Day No Complaining Challenge Update (Day 21)

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It’s been three weeks since I started the 30-Day No Complaining Happiness Challenge. While some sources say that it takes 21 days to build or break a habit, I have to admit, that I’m not quite sure I’m there yet. That said, there have been some pretty big learnings for me in the course of the past three weeks. Setting Reminders Throughout the first week of the challenge, one of.. Read More

New York, New York, No Place Else Like It

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  I recently got back from a week’s vacation spent in New York City and Atlantic City. I’m not much of a gambler, but I’d never been to Atlantic City, and I wanted to see it at some point. It turns out, that Atlantic City is a little bit of a depressing place to be. Hotels are going bankrupt, the boardwalk is quiet, and the people visiting there are really.. Read More

The Carlton and Nostalgia

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  I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s. Despite all I hear about how great the ’60s and ’70s were, I didn’t have the privilege to be alive for those years, so instead, I turn my nostalgia to the last decades of the 20th century. It’s only in the last couple of years that I actually started feeling nostalgia. Prior to that, I guess I assumed it was something.. Read More

30-Day No Complaining Challenge Update (Day 7)

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A full week has gone by since I began the 30-Day No Complaining Challenge, and I have to say, I probably could have picked an easier time to start a no complaining challenge. For starters, I got sick pretty much the day the challenge started with a cold that at first didn’t seem so bad, then got worse, then kind of went away, and is now back with a vengeance… Read More

Shots of Awe, an Inspirational Youtube Series

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This is the first in a series of recurring posts that I expect to come out on Mondays. Things That Make Me Happy could be anything from a book, to a movie, to an experience, to just about anything I can possibly think of. The only goal of this recurring post is to share something with you that makes me smile with two goals: 1) To make sure that I’m.. Read More

Happiness Challenge: 30 Days of No Complaining

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A big part of happiness, is being content with our current situation. Unfortunately, most of us are not so great at doing that. In fact, some of us have turned complaining about our current situation into a pastime of sorts. Sometimes, I think I may be one of those people. In fact, i must admit, rather sheepishly, that I’ve often been thought of by those around me as a cynic, especially.. Read More