|Taking a break from running on the Colorado Trail, near Molas Pass|
1. Play & do the things you love
2. Spend time with friends and family
3. Have new experiences
4. Do things that are meaningful
5. Have gratitude
Side note about money, in case you were wondering:
As far as income goes, money DOES play a role in bringing people happiness UNTIL their basic needs are met. After that, it does not make a difference. So the difference in happiness between someone making $5,000 and $50,000 is tremendous, however the difference between someone making $50,000 and $50,000,000 is zilch. Once basic needs are met, people easily enter the "hedonic treadmill": As they make more money, their desires and expectations also rise, and there is no permanent gain in happiness. Buying something new may provide instant gratification but we quickly adapt to it, the excitement wears off and then we may buy something else that's new, which gratifies us for a short period of time and wears off, and the cycle continues. Wow, it kind of sounds like heroine when you look at it that way, doesn't it? No amount of money above meeting our basic needs will make us any happier.
Reflecting on my own life, I think I do well at making time for play, having new experiences, and having gratitude (Ask me about the 5 to 1 for 21). I used to do more things in the community that were meaningful when I worked with youth on probation and did service projects with them. I could do more of that now. My biggest void (that I've been aware of for a while now) is not spending enough time with friends and family. I envy people who spend time with their friends and family regularly, without really even planning for it. They just get together at the end of the day or at the end of the week and it's comfortable. I think it's all about having a good balance. Lately, I have been spending a lot of time having new experiences, traveling and playing. Even prior to watching this documentary I've become conscious of that, and I've been purposefully using this down time back home to catch up with friends (and soon this weekend with family).
What are YOU doing that brings you joy?
|Hiking above treeline on the trail to Sharkstooth, La Plata Mountains|
|Taking in the majestic Half Dome, Yosemite|
|Feeling dwarfed by the Sierra Redwoods, Yosemite|
|Getting ready to kayak on Vallecito Lake (Jarrod and Alpe)|
|Enjoying the best camping spot ever (with Jarrod)|
|Time with the girls (Tricia, Rachel and Bekah)|
|Lake Chabot, CA (with Bekah Hartzog)|
|Playing with my niece Kalei, Parker, CO|