Days of Happiness: Day Twenty-Nine

Days of Happiness: Day Twenty-Nine

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?

Health is very important to us. Without being in good shape or mobile, we wouldn’t be able to do half the things that bring us joy in life (i.e. hiking, road trips, exercise, etc.) In terms of FIRE, it’s fairly simple. Our goal has always been to own our own time and do the things that excite us.

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

We believe happiness is a state of mind which you can largely control. For instance, by mastering your household finances you eliminate a lot of stress. Also, we have found the following very helpful: we don’t always know what will make us happy, but we know what is currently making us unhappy. So we concentrate on eliminating what makes us unhappy. Here’s a great example – a year ago we got rid of cable. Not subjecting ourselves to TV news, commercials and inane reality shows has increased our happiness ten-fold.


Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Absolutely. It’s important, but it’s not always something that’s on our mind. We concentrate more on being good stewards of our money and being honorable people. Happiness seems to fall into place after you cover those things. Also, we recognize many people think of happiness in terms of dramatic heights but we’re more realistic. We realize that every day is a gift and that makes us happy.


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

We’re very fortunate.  None.  We wish we could answer with more meat or more drama but we can’t.  One thing we’ve noticed that’s a barrier for many people is that they get in their own way. And they don’t even notice they’re engaged in self-sabotage.


How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

It’s important because financial independence is a byproduct of wealth. And being financially independent and owning your own time is pretty damn awesome. We’re much happier owning our own time than having to work.  Also, we find money comforting. We don’t necessarily need to spend it but knowing it’s there for emergencies helps us sleep at night.


How important is health and wellness to happiness?

Health is very important. Take away the health component and the wealth doesn’t have much meaning. It’s one thing to look at the Grand Canyon on an iPad as opposed to actually hiking it.

What has been the happiest moment in your life?

Other than the day we got married, the day we moved out of New York has got to be the happiest moment. It was Mother’s Day. It was Mrs. Groovy’s birthday. We had a little U-Haul and 2 sleeping cats on the road with us for 12 hours. We made it to Charlotte and to our favorite eatery and it was closed because it was Sunday. But we were still overjoyed to have escaped from New York.

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?

Aside from my (Mr. Groovy’s) lofty goal of picking up litter, we’d like to buy a few acres of land near our family to build a small home.


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

We’re still working on this one. We’re not fans of large charities and would prefer to give directly to people in need. We do it, but we want to get better at it.


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

Stuff doesn’t make you happy and it’s much better to live under the radar than flash wealth or proclaim your wealth to the world by buying fancy clothes, a hot car, and a McMansion. We much rather live a modest life but travel to places like Ecuador, Thailand, and Australia which are on our radar.


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

  1. RockStar Finance: This site will teach you the tried and true principles of personal finance.
  2. Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (the latest edition): This book will help you spend less than you earn and automate your savings.
  3. Mr. Money Mustache’s post “The Shockingly Simple Math Behind Early Retirement”. This article will show you that you can retire a lot sooner than you might think.


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


Theme:  Make wealth not debt and live a groovy lifestyle.



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2 thoughts on “Days of Happiness: Day Twenty-Nine”

    1. Thank you for your willingness to share your thoughts about Happiness! You have some great advise here.

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