Days of Happiness: Day Twenty

Days of Happiness: Day Twenty

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?

Happiness to me is fulfillment, success and satisfaction. I am happy when I do things the best I can and reach a pinnacle. At that point of fulfillment, success and satisfaction, I am happy. I find this sense of happiness both in my personal life and professionally. My goal in life to maximize happiness now is to be a good family man by raising happy, healthy and productive kids and a strong core family among us.


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

I think of an emotion as something you feel and experience but can’t necessarily control, whereas a state of mind is something you have more control over. So while happiness is an emotion, it can also be a state of mind where you can take an active role in constructing and maintaining your happiness throughout life.


Do you consider being happy important to you? Why?

Absolutely! I am totally on board with the pursuit of happiness as a life-long and ongoing mission. What’s life worth living otherwise? I try not to be short-sighted with my pursuits though. I want a life full of happiness and, in the aggregate, that may mean hard work and sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. And that pursuit is surrounded by the pursuit of financial freedom. Once I reach financial freedom I hope happiness will be abundant!


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

The barrier for me is financial freedom in order to pursue the things in life that makes me the most happy…from the time I wake up until the time I rest. Financial freedom will provide the opportunity and flexibility to not work my traditional 9-5 job and have more time to raise my kids and be with family.


How important is wealth and money to your own happiness?

I’d say wealth and money are keys to maximize happiness. I don’t need money to be happy, but it sure helps. What would make me happiest is having more time with kids and traveling the world with my family. These pursuits would certainly be aided with wealth and money.


How important is health and wellness to happiness?

While wealth and money are keys, I’d say health and wellness are critical. I want to live a long and happy life…this certainly requires good health and taking care of myself. My wife, Lucy, and I have both done better in recent years working out regularly and eating healthier foods. And on top of that, we are trying to be the best role models we can for our kids in developing healthy lifestyle habits.


What has been the happiest moment in your life?

Haha I can’t help but laugh with this question. I sit here responding to this interview on the couch while Lucy watches some morning news. We both agree the birth of our son was our happiest moments (our first kid, the second is due early April 2017!). She rationalized it as the rush of happiness all at one moment and would put our wedding day as the second happiest moment with the happiness spread out throughout the preparation and planning. I couldn’t help but joke that my second was a certain college athletic event that we attended in person together and rushed the field after…very  memorable…but not a good joke in this context…


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?

The two that relate to my pursuit to happiness are to contribute and grow my net worth to approximately $1.2 million and to increase how often I exercise.

Part of growing my net worth is out of my control depending on how the stock market does, but I can do my part by maximizing contributions. Eventually this will allow me to reach my target of $3 million in invested assets in order to support our financial freedom and early retirement.

Exercising took a back seat to a certain extent in 2016 as I launched and focused on growing my blog. I hope to make exercise a focus again this year to maintain the healthy lifestyle I want. Hopefully this results in a long-lived retirement doing the things I love!


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

I would! This is very fulfilling work and it is a great feeling helping others. Volunteering more is one of my ambitions when I reach financial freedom. This could come in many forms such as volunteering for an institution that hits home to me (of which there are many of…). But another important interest of mine is to give back to the next generation by tutoring, educating, and / or coaching. I’ve always felt the natural pull to teach and pass on what I know and have learned throughout my life and career. In one way or another, I hope to make this a reality eventually.


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

I think the major thing I’ve learned and try to practice is to live life with a balance. I focus a lot of time and energy on reaching financial freedom, but I need to also live life in the now and enjoy the present with fun and memorable experiences for the family.


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

I spend a lot of my time reading various personal finance blogs and have recently enjoyed following your blog, The Pursuit of Happiness, so how could I not recommend that one! Besides blogs, I’ve picked up two books recently which I hope will make me a better father including Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell and No-Drama Discipline by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. It’s all about doing the best I can to raise good / responsible children for societal purposes and personally for the sake of having a healthy home environment.


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

I blog over at to help others achieve their financial objectives. I believe anyone can be on the path toward financial freedom and early retirement with the right habits and mindset. You can also find me on Twitter (@TheGreenSwan1) and on Facebook.


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