The Happiest Man in the World

One Man's Never Ending Journey to Happiness

A Podcast for History Buffs: The History of Rome

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When I was in University, I took an American History class as an elective. I had no good reason to take the course other than just because it seemed like fun. Not only did it turn out to be my favorite class of the semester, it was my favorite class of all time, and I considered changing my major. And then I remembered that I didn’t feel like spending another seven years.. Read More

The Richest Man in China Isn’t Happy and I Feel for Him

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The richest man, in the most populous country in the world isn’t happy. In an interview with CNBC, Jack Ma, the founder of internet company Alibaba.com, stated that the $28 billion dollars that came with his recent IPO haven’t made him happy, and in fact, have made him more stressed, tired and less happy. Once this interview was aired, the internet exploded with people calling Ma a variety of names,.. Read More

I Admit It, I’m a Comicbook Geek

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  Unlike most adult comicbook fans, I didn’t actually start reading comicbooks as a little kid. When I was very young, I had a few comics (if I recall correctly, a couple of Batman comics, a few Superman issues, and a few other superheroes that I probably couldn’t name today). I was so young when I had those comics, that just like many of the kids who would read those, I.. Read More

Happiness Challenge Update: Meditating seven days in

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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. Halfway through the month of October, while I was doing my no sarcasm/no complaining challenge (which I’m still working on), I already knew what my.. Read More

Happiness in the Cycle of Fulfillment of Needs

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Being happy is one of those things that seems like it shouldn’t be a lot of work, and yet, anyone who strives to live a happy life takes active steps towards that happiness. In order to figure out what needs to be done to be happy, we need to understand happiness, what it is and what it isn’t. We know right off the bat that happiness is more than just.. Read More

Why Cooking Makes Me Happy

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  Once upon a time, not that long ago, I was a bachelor who cooked about every once in a blue moon. It wasn’t that I couldn’t cook (I spent enough time working in kitchens to figure that part out), or that I didn’t like cooking (once it stopped being a job), but rather I just never saw the benefit of spending so much time in the kitchen to prepare.. Read More

Happiness Challenge for November: Meditate

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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. The Objective For the month of November, I’m challenging myself to start doing something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time: meditate. Recently,.. Read More

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

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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