It’s the “Is It Really Spring on Monday?” edition of the Saturday Share Day! Winter storm Stella dumped about 18 inches of snow this week and come Monday, it won’t look or feel much like spring here! I enjoyed two snow days this week though and that allowed me to catch up on a lot of great blogs! And I also decided this week that I’m done with full-time work when my contract is up in June! NO MORE OMY (one more year) syndrome for me!
I chose to go with a theme this week, instead of just a weekly round-up. Wes from The Pursuit of Happiness reached out to me a few weeks ago to be a part of his series this month celebrating happiness. And my responses to his happiness interview questions will go live on his site on Monday, 3/20 – the first day of spring and The International Day of Happiness!
We can learn a lot from the Harvard Study of Adult Development which tracked the lives of 724 men for 75 years. It was one of the longest research studies in history and the focus was on happiness. Robert Waldinger directed the study and shared the lessons learned about happiness and satisfaction in this Ted Talk. One of the key takeaways may not be surprising to you – but it’s a good reminder…
Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period.
A few of the habits I’m trying to build this year focus on helping others, choosing happiness, and having fun! That’s certainly a good way to build good relationships too!
On to the sharing for this week!
We already know that buying experiences over things brings more happiness to most people. Matt over at Optimize Your Life shares research that supports increasing your happiness by paying as much as you can up front when buying experiences. Makes total sense to me!
Get a cup of coffee before you read The Happy Philosopher’s recent post on Understanding the Relationship between Utility, Happiness and Cost. He takes a difficult concept and breaks it down with some simple examples to summarize that money is “most efficiently spent buying utility” and “inefficiently spent buying happiness.”
Mr. 1500 is making an effort to be happier by being more mindful about all the great things going on in his life. A good (and happy) message for all – especially when a duck or dinosaur help deliver it!
Do you have a happiness portfolio? Mrs. BITA does – and she monitors it and makes sure it’s diversified! My favorite line – “Build your happiness portfolio alongside our financial one.” Such smart advice!
Grant over at Millenial Money wrote a post on Money and Happiness. He talks about the difference in money “buying” happiness for the short-term and long-term. Are you filling a void with consumption or cultivating freedom? Great questions to consider.
Amber Tree shared a Financial Independence (FI) update and you might think that it would make him less than happy! Read to the end to see that happiness is part of the plan – they’re not waiting for it.
Maggie reminds us to stop looking outside ourselves for happiness. Her comment that “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is going perfectly” is spot on.
When I was searching blogs for happiness posts, I hit the jackpot at Think Save Retire! Why would that surprise me? Steve’s written some classics. My favorite was how happiness can be bought with money, but we get more “bang for our buck” when it’s spent on someone else!
And finally, how could you NOT highlight Ms. Our Next Life when you are talking about happiness? Those smiling emoji faces that mask their identities don’t cover all the happiness in their life and plans! Just click on the word happiness in the blog title to find your favorite post!
*Late editions from the comments! Thanks for sharing so I can add your work!
Fritz from the Retirement Manifesto wrote his FIRST blog post about happiness and I love the comment at the end, “I, choose to be content.” If you’ve kept up with Fritz, you know he’s living this too!
Full Time Finance also shared a post written earlier this year reminding us that money may not buy happiness, but it can buy options that lead to happiness!
I’ll leave you today with my favorite quote, song, and TV show on our happy theme!
- Most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be. Abraham Lincoln
- Happy Together, by The Turtles (a classic released a few weeks after I was born!)
- Happy Days – Who didn’t love the Fonz back in the 70’s??
What makes you happy? Did you know there was an International Happiness Day? What songs, quotes or shows remind you of being happy? And bloggers – search your site for #happiness tags and link any posts that I might have missed!
Try to #ChooseHappiness this weekend!