It’s been almost 5 years since I turned in my thesis research and hung that Master of Science stole around my neck! Pretty exciting 3-year journey that I did “just for fun”. Yes, I am a nerd! I love learning new things and graduate school at “my age” was the height of fun for me. So I’m sure you’re wondering, where the heck do you get a degree in Happiness?! At San Jose State University in California, but technically it was an MS in Recreation and Leisure Studies. I chose that department because they would let me research something near and dear to my heart: Creativity (More about that later). But little did I realize all my studies would focus on the kind of leisure and recreation that brings a good quality of life resulting in Happiness!
Well, the first thing I learned was, we Americans don’t do leisure well. Heck, half the time we don’t do it at all! Leisure in America usually means plunking down in front of the TV at night exhausted from work, chores, to-do’s kids, family, worry, problems…well, you get the idea, and I’m guessing you can relate! I’d be rich today if I had a dime for every time someone responded to the query, “How are you?” with the response, “So busy”! It’s like a badge of honor to be too busy to relax. And yes, I’ve been there! And it hasn’t made me happy.
So come with me on a journey in search of happiness as we travel the Happiness U-Graph! My promise to you is that this journey will be fun and enlightening, full of insight, research, photos, inspiration, and humor as we explore just what it is that makes us happy, no matter what stage of life we are in!
And I’ll leave you with a question…
What keeps you from exploring happiness?
Next post: Just what is the Happiness U-Graph and Where are you on it?
And an inspiration…
“The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment”—Doug Larson, Journalist