The Happiest Man in the World

One Man's Never Ending Journey to Happiness

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

How to Keep Someone with OCD Entertained

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I grew up with a mother that I affectionately referred to as a “neat freak.” Mom always wanted everything “just so” in the house, and if things were not done her way, it drove her nuts, and then she drove us nuts. Imagine my surprise when I entered adulthood and began living with other adults, and was told that I was a neat freak. At first, when I was accused.. Read More

I Left My Heart in San Francisco

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I spent last week in San Francisco for a conference. The weather was terrible, and the conference was poor, and yet, I had a good time. As of about five years ago, I had never been to San Francisco. Since then, I’ve been once or twice a year, either for work, or for pleasure. When you work in an industry that’s so closely tied to Silicon Valley, it’s hard not.. Read More

November Meditation Challenge Complete!

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Every month, I pick a new challenge to build a habit or change a behaviour that I think will improve my overall level of happiness. I give regular updates on my Happiness Challenges on this blog, and follow my daily progress through the Lift app. I am sitting down to write this after my 32nd straight day of meditating. I suppose you could say I’ve built a new habit. One that I enjoy. A lot. The.. Read More

Dinner with Friends

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The basic unit of social interaction is the dinner. I’m convinced of this. Anything less than a dinner is worth less, anything added on to a dinner is worth more. If I only get invited for lunch, I’m less important than someone that got invited for dinner. If only get invited for coffee, I’m even lower on the totem pole. If I ask you out for dinner, and then a.. Read More

How I Fixed my Relationship with Money

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A little while ago, I wrote about the sad story of Jack Ma, and how, despite becoming the richest man in China, he still wasn’t happy. So, if a guy with billions of dollars can’t be happy, is there hope for any of us? Is money really the root of all evil? Is the only way to be happy to become a monk that wears the same robes every day and.. Read More

Tattoos

I have many passions and hobbies. It’s part of either being well-rounded, or ADD. I can’t really decide. One of those passions is tattoos. To many people, this comes as a surprise, because in any regular circumstance, you’re unlikely to see any tattoos on me. Most people who are big tattoo enthusiasts have a lot of ink, visible and not. In my case, I don’t have that much. I have about.. Read More

Happiness Challenge Update: 20 days of Meditating

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Every month, I pick a new challenge to build a habit or change a behavior that I think will improve my overall level of happiness. I give regular updates on my Happiness Challenges on this blog, and follow my daily progress through the Lift app. Success Well, I’m two thirds of the way through the month, and the good news is that I’ve kept up my habit of meditating daily. Week one was just.. Read More

Short Term Happiness vs Long Term Happiness

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The single biggest pitfall in the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of short term happiness instead of long term happiness. This tendency towards instant gratification and small hits of happiness are one of the biggest reasons for unhappiness in the developed world. With all the resources at our disposal, we choose to pursue short term goals that will make us happy for an instant, but leave us feeling empty.. Read More