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Published: February 16, 2021

What makes you happy?

There’s a lot we could be talking about this week.

The pandemic.

Vaccination rates.

Earnings.

Impeachment.

Markets.

Stimulus bills.

Instead, how about we talk about something nice?

What makes you happy? 

What does “happiness” even mean?

Is it a temporary state? Is it a long-term thing?

I’ve heard happiness called being mindful of small moments of joy.

I like that definition because it implies that happiness is a practice that we can cultivate.

Is there a special recipe for achieving happiness?

Maybe.

I’ll start. My personal recipe for happiness might be:

FAITH + FAMILY + FRIENDS + FULFILLING WORK + LEISURE + GRATITUDE = HAPPINESS

If I can get some of that into each day, I can call it a happy one.

I’ve also found that simple things bring me joy, even when I’m stressed or not feeling my best.

Smiles and laughter from my children.

Time spent on a river flyfishing for trout. I'm even happier when I actually catch one or two.

A relaxing sunset at the pier in Hanalei with my wife, Jane.

What do you think?

What’s your personal recipe for happiness?

What simple things feed your soul?

Has it changed over time? Has it changed over the last year?

Please write back and let me know. I’m excited to hear from you. 

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