Yin and Yang

Living In Harmony

Although I have been exploring happiness and what it means to be happy my whole life, it wasn’t until I introduced the concept of harmony into my thinking that I really started to create a picture of what true happiness is. At each stage of my life I have made big decisions: going away to […]
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Pamper Yourself!

Why is it easy to justify spending time doing nice things for others, but we feel guilty doing nice things for ourselves?  It really is a funny situation.  I have spent hours making gifts for friends or doing nice deeds for relatives, but a half-hour massage for me?  No way! Part of taking the Happiness […]
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Dog and elephant

Overcoming Differences

A beautiful video showing the love between two different animals. We have a lot to learn from nature. As the video says, if they can do it then what’s stopping us from overcoming our differences? It makes you think.. Is part of your Happiness Plunge overcoming differences with people in your life? Share your story […]
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Joy with beautiful scene, colorful sky

Open Up!

The decision to take the Happiness Plunge is a monumental moment in anyone’s life, but one need not go it alone.  Open yourself up to others. It’s easy to perceive those who share their thoughts and feelings and desires as weak.  We are all guilty of this judgment at one time or another.  We often […]
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Hello my name is gratitude

Be Thankful and Grateful

There are some things we have infinite quantities of: love, respect, hate, anger, etc.  But an often overlooked supply of infinite energy is gratitude.  Imagine how different your life would be if you approached every situation and circumstance as a small miracle instead of having expectations and demands. For example, to an 85-year-old it must […]
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George washington face on dollar bill

Happynomics Of Life

I came across this recent article in the New York Times and wanted to share it here.  I am very excited to see what the British are doing!  They are trying to look beyond GDP as a measure of prosperity and look more at the overall wellbeing and happiness of society.  They are calling it […]
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Minimize Things, Maximize Experiences

We live in a consumption society.  Our entire economic model depends on mass consumption.  The more we consume, the better off the economy is.  But the more we consume, the worse off we are financially.  Quite a conundrum. My philosophy is to minimize things and maximize experiences.  Too often we long for material goods.  But […]
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Go Outside!

Close your eyes and think of anywhere in the world you’d rather be right now than in front of your computer.  I suppose the title of the post might bias your thought process.. For many people, this magical, stress-free place of relaxation and happiness is somewhere outside.  It could be a beach, or maybe a […]
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Get Out Of Debt!

I’m sure anyone in debt reading this will read this and think “easier said than done.”  Fair enough.  Some debt can be necessary.  It would be hard to become a doctor or lawyer without taking student loans.  Frankly, it’s hard to pay for college in general without taking loans.  Then there are cars, houses, etc. […]
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plant in yellow pot

Get A Plant!

Ok, maybe as a single guy this post will seem funny.  But hear me out!  The Happiness Plunge is about the big decisions that will change your life forever, but it’s also about the small ones that can really improve your quality of life! I moved into a new apartment in January.  I live very […]
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