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What’s more important than your health? Not much, so you can find tips for improving your health and generally improving the overall quality of your life in the articles below.

How I Handle Depression

May 8, 2013

Forcing Myself To Smile (At The Dentist)

I have a confession to make. I get depressed sometimes. It’s not a huge admission. I think everyone gets a bit depressed sometimes. Though I have dealt with depression in the past, it largely plays no role in my life now. Part of taking the plunge was really getting to know myself better, maximizing the […]

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Getting Reacquainted With Stress – That Stuff Will Kill You!

January 7, 2013


Compared to my previous lives, I can say my life now is largely free of stress. Sure, there is the stress of travel and I haven’t overcome many of my pet peeves. South Asia presents its own unique forms of stress I need to accept and adapt to. And, finally, the unknown gives me stress […]

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Getting Sick In Colombia

February 27, 2012

Tent Accommodation

In my final night in Manizales, the same night I was robbed, I got pretty sick. Upon waking up at 4am, the last thing you want to think about is whether you have enough time to run to the bathroom. But that’s how things unfolded. Unfortunately, I had a few more bathroom sessions in the […]

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Happy New Year – Now Take The Plunge With Me!

January 1, 2012

Take The Plunge With Me

Happy New Year! Before I begin, I wish you and your loved ones all the best this coming year and every year thereafter. On Christmas Day I invited you to start thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution related to taking the plunge. I hope the e-book I wrote and offered as a gift helped […]

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Life In The Slower Lane

June 18, 2011

I bike heart copenhagen

I saw the video below recently and really enjoyed it. I lived in Copenhagen last year while I was looking for jobs in Scandinavia and I loved how bike-friendly the city is. You can really get around safely on two wheels, even in small towns like the one I currently live in. Parents ride with […]

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Smile More!

April 25, 2011

baby smiling

Smiling makes us feel great, so why don’t we do more of it?  It is one of nature’s best home remedies and there is no limit to how much of this medicine we can take! Smiling puts us in a better mood.  If you are in a bad mood, smile!  Even if you don’t feel […]

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The Meaning Of Life

March 12, 2011

five fingers five goals

A video showing the meaning of life and words to live by

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Go Outside!

March 11, 2011

Go outside beautiful nature scene with lake forest and snow-covered mountain

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!

March 10, 2011

man carrying bag of debt on back

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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Get A Plant!

March 8, 2011

plant in yellow pot

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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Disconnecting From Everything

March 4, 2011

man plugging electric cable into head with sockets

I guess it’s a bit ironic to encourage you to disconnect as one of the first posts for this blog, but hear me out.  Hopefully you will agree… and then learn how to disconnect while being connected! Turn off the TV, cell phone, and any other distractions you may have in your life.  Close your […]

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