Days of Happiness: Day Twenty-Four

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Days of Happiness: Day Twenty-Four

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

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Today’s Happy Thought


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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, happiness is mostly about freedom, learning, impact, and gratitude. It’s really about your perception of your situation. Two people could have the exact same experiences but have very different perceptions of whether they had freedom, were able to learn, able to make an impact, or experienced things worth being grateful for.

 

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

A state of mind – your perception is your reality. You can actively reframe how you see situations to find happiness in areas you previously hadn’t. Finding gratitude in tough situations is a great way to make lemonade out of lemons.

 

Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Definitely – my definition of happiness could also be called my definition of success (freedom, learning, impact, gratitude). I definitely want to consider myself successful!

 

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

The biggest issue is time – finding time to try to have it all. That’s part of why I look at happiness as a state of mind – you can’t put more hours in a day, so how can you instead be happy with what you were able to do in the hours you were given?

 

How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

For how much I talk about money on my blog, it actually isn’t a huge part of my happiness equation. Wealth and money are tools to achieve freedom but beyond that, learning, impact, and gratitude are all things I can do without extra money or wealth. I would be doing those three daily even if I were broke 🙂

 

How important is health and wellness to happiness?

More than money 🙂 Without health and wellness, it’s hard to have an impact and hard to have freedom.

 

What has been the happiest moment in your life?

I think it’s too tough to rank them against each other – I have a lot of great ones. My happiest moments are the ones where I’m with my wife and kids and we’re out adventuring.

 

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?

Our family took on a “Nothing New” challenge for 2017 with a short list of exceptions. We’re working hard at it and doing well so far. By focusing on buying less and buying used, we hope to have more gratitude for what we have, be better stewards of the planet, and get closer to debt freedom.

 

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

Definitely – this is a part of gratitude and impact. We are diligent givers (financially) but I hope to do more in the future in terms of giving our time as well.

 

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

  1. Don’t get caught up in the money game – money a means to an end, not an end itself.
  2. I’ve heard of studies that said only 10% of your happiness is due to external factors. That means 90% is in how you look at the world. Find gratitude even in the tough situations by being thankful for the opportunity to demonstrate strength, grow, and learn.

 

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

– Book: The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – Tim is a huge advocate of lifestyle design and self-experimentation, both of which have been important parts of our pursuit of happiness.

– Book: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl – If you want to understand how to find happiness and meaning in life in even the toughest circumstances, there’s a lot you can learn from a holocaust survivor.

– Website: Mr. Money Mustache (http://www.mrmoneymustache.com) – If only for the mindset alone, this is worth your time. Don’t live life the way the world tells you to – challenge yourself, challenge paradigms, and live better.

 

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

I blog at Keep Thrifty (http://www.keepthrifty.com) about our journey to debt freedom as well as thoughts on financial independence, frugality, tools, and spreadsheets.

 


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