Days of Happiness: Day Twelve

Days of Happiness: Day Twelve

The 30 days of Happy Thoughts series is inspired by the International Day of Happiness (March 20th, 2017).

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Day of Happiness Celebrations: Q&A

Happiness means different things to different people, what does Happiness mean to you?

For me, there are two main sources of happiness. The first one is found in relationships with others. More precisely in helping others.

The second source is pursuing your passion. I believe you have to be constantly moving towards something to achieve true Happiness.  I have found that I am usually at my lowest points in life when I am sitting around watching the world go by.


Do you believe happiness is an emotion or more of a state of mind?

Honestly, I used to believe that it was totally a state of mind that was completely within my control. As I have gotten older I have come to realize that emotion plays a role in happiness as it does in depression. I still believe that 90% of our state of happiness is dependent on us, our decisions and how we choose to live our lives.


Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Being happy is extremely important to me. If I am not happy or in the pursuit of happiness then what is the point of life? I find immense amounts of happiness in achieving a goal, but usually when I reflect back on the things I had to do to achieve that goal I have very fond memories of the journey to get there.


What do you consider a fundamental barrier to Happiness in your life?

Time. It is my best friend and my worst enemy all at the same time. Obviously, it is something that I have no control over so I try not to waste much energy focusing on the negative but rather focus on things that I do have control over like how I spend my time.


How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

I read a study a while back that said that once you get to the point that you are making around $70k+ per year that making more does not bring you added happiness. Constantly being in the pursuit of money and wealth is a chase that will last your lifetime if you let it. Instead, I am focused on getting to a point financially that I don’t have to think about money near as much. I want to be able to live my life the way that I see fit without having to stress about money in my daily life.


How important is health and wellness to happiness?

Extremely important! After an extended hiatus I started exercising again regularly about a year ago. I have noticed a substantial difference in my overall happiness as well as improving mentally and physically. If a person is depressed, I would say that the number one thing that they can do to immediately improve their state of mind is to start exercising.


What has been the happiest moment in your life?

I would say that it is a tie between 4 different moments. Marrying my wife and the birth of each of our 3 children.


Do you have any specific goals or resolutions for 2017?  If so, would your share your top two that directly relate to your own Pursuit of Happiness?

I started my blog right at the end of 2016. I like goals that are measurable. Unfortunately, one of my main goals of helping others in their journey to leave a lasting legacy is a tough one to measure. Check back at the end of the year and I will tell you if I felt like I achieved that goal.

I have some financial goals for our family for 2017. I won’t go in to the specifics of those here but they all revolve around getting our finances to a place where we have more choices. Paying off all of our debt a couple years ago gave us more choices. Gaining a better financial foundation will give us more choices to pursue the things that truly bring us happiness.


Do you consider giving to others or charity work an important part of your own Pursuit and why?

A huge part! If you have ever read the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren I think the very first sentence in that book sums it up very well. “It’s not about you.” I am really concerned with the level of self-absorbment I see in the world today. If you are truly pursuing happiness and a purpose you must focus your attention outwards and find ways to help others. That is where you will find true happiness.


What 2 things have you learned in your own pursuit that you would like to share with others?

It is a journey, not a destination. You are not ever going to get to this pinnacle in life that you just stop and experience pure happiness. It is something that must be constantly sought out.

The second thing that I have learned is that life is short. This should come as no surprise but if we truly sit down and reflect on our lives and realize how short it really is I think it gives us great perspective. If there is something in your life that you have a passion for that you want to pursue then go for it! TODAY! Don’t wait, don’t delay, start today. (Hey that rhymes, I should trademark that or something! LOL)


If you could recommend only three websites/books/articles to anyone reading this, what would they be, and why?

The Choice by Og Mandino changed my life….no exaggeration

I am a huge history buff, especially the revolutionary war period. I am a big fan of the Founding Fathers. They were some awesome dudes that did some amazing things in their time that we as Americans are still reaping the benefits of today. In my opinion, one of the most underrated Presidents is John Adams. There is a great biography about him written by David McCullough.

My last one is so cliché within the personal finance world but I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad when I was just out of college and it is really the book that changed my mindset completely when it came to money and personal finances. If you haven’t read it, it is a an easy read. I would recommend picking it up.


What is your blog/website address and theme (if you want to share) for 2017?

You can find me at


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3 thoughts on “Days of Happiness: Day Twelve”

  1. Great interview! I particularly liked your comment about time being your biggest barrier for happiness. I feel like this is an issue that is so challenging because everything just seems to be getting busier and faster paced. Though I will say that by trying to be more mindful has helped me a lot.

    Also, I appreciated your comment about happiness being a journey and not a destination. That is a great way to think about it – thanks!

      1. Thanks for the great responses Ryan, I’ve not read the biography of John Adams before I think I’m going to pick up a copy.

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